Explore the options which are available in your parent’s local community. There is growing awareness of problems relating to isolation in older people and increasingly more neighbourhood initiatives including befriending schemes are being developed.
Local faith groups eg the church, synagogue or mosque, often have suitable schemes.
Community centres, social enterprises are also worth exploring.
Schools and colleges, youth centres, scouts and guide associations are increasingly engaging in intergenerational schemes.
The local council or GP surgery might have a link worker who, or a website which, can help you understand what is available. GP surgeries are increasingly employing link workers who can help to signpost to local initiatives.