Let’s talk about loneliness this #LonelinessAwarenessWeek. We know it’s a strange time at the minute and we’re pretty sure that at some point over the last couple of months you may have had moments where you have felt lonely or isolated. Feeling lonely is a normal emotion and something that we can all relate to from time to time, but for others it can be a constant feeling and something that we struggle to talk about.
Here at Community Solutions we understand that you don’t need to be alone to feel lonely. Sometimes life can throw us a curveball and we find ourselves in situations where we may feel lonely or isolated, even if we have friends or family around us too, and you may feel like you don’t know where to turn.
Whether you have feelings of loneliness due to bereavement, relationship breakdown, poor health, reduced mobility, job loss, or any other factor – we believe that every person matters, and we are here for you when you need it most. There are lots of ways in which we can help you to feel supported and less alone. Here are a few ideas:
Have a conversation!
We operate a free Befriending service and have a host of Volunteers ready to have a chat, a video call or even a home visit. (subject to government guidelines) Having a weekly call or visit can help you to feel less alone and can lift your spirits but don’t just take our word for it, just read some of the great comments in the picture above.
Join our Social Groups
In more normal times we have almost 20 social groups, held weekly, at our Elmfield Hall base. Our groups cover a range of hobbies and interests including knitting, scaled modeling, photography, over 50’s, and general support groups for men, women and mixed groups..
Become a Volunteer
We’re always on the lookout for new volunteers to help us out. Whether you would like to become a befriender, help run a social group, offer admin or business support we could have something for you. Volunteering can help you to build your confidence, make new friends and feel like you’re giving something back too.
Learn Something New
Learning can help you to keep your mind and body active and is a great way of meeting new people. We offer a range of free training courses, held at Elmfield Hall, including Employability Training, Grief and Loss support, Mindfulness, and more. Our courses could boost your confidence, improve your mental wellbeing and help you to be more connected with your local community or get back into work.
Reach out for support
Our Crisis Support team are on hand to help you out when times are tough and can assist with housing, wellbeing, financial, employment, and legal support, along with other issues. We host weekly drop-in sessions, or you can get in contact with us by emailing [email protected] or calling 01254 460080.