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Tackling Loneliness in Isolation

24th April 2020

We know that self-isolation can be a lonely time for people. Luckily, many National Lottery funded projects have adapted their services in order to combat loneliness and bring people together during this time. We’ve put together a list of some of the projects that are working hard to help reduce loneliness.

A picture of a group of vulnerable people and a flag that said 'The Warm and Toasty Club' behind
©The Warm and Toasty Club

1. The Warm and Toasty Club

In response to coronavirus, The Warm and Toasty Club have moved online! They are now holding live online Memory Afternoons on Facebook with exciting features, including #BiscuitOfTheWeek, in order to combat loneliness and bring people together virtually during isolation. As well as this, they are providing online interactive content for older people across their social media accounts, including word searches and uplifting videos of past Memory Afternoons.

A group of vulnerable people performing a phisical activity in a circle
©Made By Mortals

2. Made By Mortals

Made by Mortals in Manchester has launched #ArmchairAdventures in order to raise spirits and help people stay connected during isolation. They are using telephones, taking over unused radio slots, and using social media to offer Arts Workshops that aim to reduce loneliness, help mental health and improve skills.

A vulnerable woman talking with a yunger one having some tea in an event
©Time to Talk Befriending

3. Time to Talk Befriending

Time to Talk Befriending in Sussex have had to adapt their services to meet the needs of both their existing and new scheme members. For people over the age of 65 who have limited existing social contacts and are living in the Brighton, Hove, Ardur or Worthing area, they are providing the following: telephone befriending, emergency food and supply packages, emergency information packs and are helping people access long term shopping solutions.

A group picture of young students holding a certificate and their teacher
©Feel Free to Talk

4. Feel Free to Talk

Northampton based Feel Free to Talk have moved their support services and youth groups online in order to support young people suffering at this time. This allows them to connect with support workers as well as people their own age.

A group pf vulnerable people celebrating the Platinum Jubilee around a table full of food.
©The Parson Cross Forum

5. The Parson Cross Forum

The Parson Cross Forum, based in Sheffield, have been running regular virtual Memory Cafes to help keep their members connected. They’ve been providing ‘Chairobics’ sessions to stay active, sharing stories and singing to keep their spirits up. They’ve also been delivering activity packs and information to their Memory Cafe members.

If you or someone you know is feeling impacted by loneliness, please find more information and governmental advice here.