We all need friends

'We all need friends' is Sense's 60th anniversary campaign looking at overcoming the barriers faced by people with disabilities in making and sustaining friendships. We are calling for a national debate around friendship and disability, given that one in four people with disabilities say they feel lonely on a typical day. Browse through these pages to find out more about our campaign and how you can get involved plus download the 'A right to friendship?' report (PDF 2.3MB) or 'A right to friendship' report in (WORD 5.3MB)

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Two women sat at a table

About the campaign

To launch the campaign we surveyed over a thousand people with a range of disabilities about their experiences of friendship. Many talked about barriers to connecting with friends, and six per cent said they have no friends at all. Read the results in our A right to friendship? report

Did you know?


29 per cent of respondents reported 
seeing their friends just once a

month or less




Stories about friendshipTweet us at #righttofriendship

Janice Tillett

Ian Capon
Ian Capon, 52, lives on the Isle of Wight and was born with congenital rubella syndrome, which left him deaf and partially sighted. He is unable to work due to his health issues and relies on his voluntary work… Read Ian's story

Janice Tillett
Janice Tillett 43, lives in Northampton with her husband and eight year old daughter Mary-Elizabeth. She was born with a visual impairment which deteriorated and she then discovered she had a hearing impairment… Read Janice's story

We all need friends logo illustrating cartoon characters of all ages

First published: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Updated: Friday 8 January 2016