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Time to Talk Befriending

28th Hydref 2020

by National Lottery Good Causes

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Emily Kenward with the bench dedicated to her at Queens Park, Brighton

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The charity has also become one of the many charities supported by The National Lottery, with players contributing around £30 million a week to good causes.

Emily says: “The heartbreaking thing is people telling us they don’t want to be here anymore because they have no purpose and they feel so alone,”

“But quite quickly we see people’s lives literally transform. People come to life and feel like they’re in the world again.

“These are people with an amazingly rich life history, so it feels like a privilege to be able to offer an opportunity for them to not wilt away and feel forgotten.”

Over lockdown, Emily and her team switched away from face-to-face contact with members, most who are aged 80 and over, and many who were living with long term health conditions. Instead the charity began providing them with fresh meals and emergency care packages every week.

Referrals from the council’s emergency hubs also increased dramatically, but the success of the charity’s work has been incredible.

Emily says: “The most uplifting moments are just hearing their stories. People have written in to us to say that they didn’t have any family or friends but now feel like they’re not on their own and belong to a community.

Emily who is now in her second year of Lottery funding says: “The long-term goal is to replicate what we’re doing and help many, many more people.

“The National Lottery funding’s been brilliant and its meant we can now also work in Worthing.

She says: “Loneliness is in the spotlight and befriending is needed more now than it ever has been, so I feel very proud of the team and everything that’s been achieved.”