Loneliness Awareness Week

Loneliness Awareness Week

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week #LetsTalkLoneliness

Loneliness is an issue that can affect us all at some point in our lives and at the moment many clinically vulnerable people, who must continue to stay at home to shield themselves from the COVID-19 virus, are experiencing loneliness at this time.

In January 2018, following recommendations from the Jo Cox Foundation, the UK Government announced a programme of work to tackle loneliness. The following October, the Government launched its Loneliness Strategy, which committed to tackling the stigma of loneliness and promoting the importance of social connections. From this, the #LetsTalkLoneliness campaign was born, to encourage everyone to start the conversation and say it's OK to feel lonely and it's okay to talk about it.

We set up our Good Neighbour Scheme here in Moulton a few years ago, where volunteers would befriend lonely or isolated residents and encourage them to get involved in local activities. During the COVID-19 crisis a wonderful team of 150 volunteers in Moulton and Moulton Leys have come forward and helped over 100 vulnerable households with practical support such as shopping, prescription collection and dog walking and also friendly phone calls. If you would like to volunteer or if you or someone you know needs support or friendly phone calls, please email info@moultonparishcouncil.org.uk or call 07484 907438

This Lets Talk Loneliness website brings together organisations, resources and inspirational stories that are united in a shared aim, to get more people talking about loneliness: https://letstalkloneliness.co.uk/

Posted: Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:27 by Parish Office

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