As a charity motivated to ensure thatolder people feel visible and connected to their communities we are thankful for the opportunity to connect strangers together for long-lasting be-friendships! We could share story after story about how befriending can mutually transform lives but that would make for a very long blog post! So today we wanted to share insights from a report produced by the Campaign to End Loneliness which we are grateful to be featured within. The case study talks about the resources we produced in partnership with friend of the charity Story Chaplain (www.storychaplain.com) to help create meaningful moments of conncection over the phone.
Robin Hewings, Director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, introduces their report in a press released issued today, on lessons from the experience of tackling loneliness during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The Covid-19 lockdown that started in March 2020 brought home the reality of social isolation and loneliness to the general public as never before. But many organisations had already been working to tackle loneliness for years. What could their experience tell us about the best ways to help people experiencing or at risk of loneliness and social isolation during the pandemic?
This was the question the Campaign to End Loneliness set out to answer through the Loneliness in the Time of Covid-19 series of learning webinars. We brought together hundreds of organisations from across the UK and internationally, to share their experiences, lessons and insights around addressing loneliness, and how they were applying these in lockdown".
"Our new report Lessons from Lockdown sets out what we heard, offering practical guidance, hints and tips for organisations and individuals working to tackle loneliness and social isolation. We’ve also included links to additional resources shared by participants.
Building on a shared understanding of loneliness as the gap between the social connection people have, and the social connection they want, a key finding is that even when most of us are isolated, the starting point must always be to find out who is feeling lonely".
To access the report you can visit: https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/wp-content/uploads/Lessons-from-lockdown-FEB21.pdf