Circle of Friends®

Circle of Friends® was developed by scholars/practitioners at the Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged at Helsinki University in the early 2000s. It is a group rehabilitation model for older people, who experience loneliness from time to time or perhaps every day. The aim is to alleviate and prevent loneliness. The intervention is led by a trained mental health provider.

A group of 5-8 older adults meet 12 times in 3 months and the purpose of the group is for the participants to:

  • Make new friends
  • Feel less lonely
  • Share the feelings of loneliness
  • Do and experience meaningful things together with other group members
  • Help the groups to become self-supportive and encourage them to continue meeting on their own.
  • A group-based, goal-oriented intervention in which participants are allowed to influence the content of the meetings.

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