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Loneliness Week 2020

Loneliness Week 2020

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Do you sometimes feel lonely? Even in the midst of our busy lives, we can find ourselves feeling detached. For some of you who are less mobile, or are new to an area, loneliness can be more common.

A recent YouGov research project revealed that a huge 74% of people said when they felt lonely; they didn’t tell anyone despite most having someone they could count on. The findings were that not wanting to burden others is the main barrier to people talking about their feelings of loneliness.

It can be hard to manage the effects that loneliness has. It can be time consuming and mentally draining when someone is lonely. It can feel like it’s not our responsibility to look after them in that way, we have a job to do; however if someone shares that they are lonely, or if you begin the conversation when you suspect someone is lonely, we can encourage others to seek out the appropriate support for themselves.

At Trent & Dove, our mission it so “Transform Homes, Lives and Neighbourhoods.” We have some invaluable initiatives around our local areas that really help to transform our properties to homes and our neighbourhoods to communities. Let’s begin the conversation by sharing the great projects that are available to you from our communities, partners and agencies: 

  • Winshill Together

    Winshill Together is a volunteer led community group from Winshill, Burton on Trent who have so far helped almost 100 households in their community during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    They have supported people who are self-employed with no income, people who are furloughed and have not yet been paid, people who have referred themselves or been referred by Winshill Medical Centre, their local school, social services and other organisations.

    They have provided food parcels, assisted with shopping, collecting and delivering medical prescriptions and making befriending phone calls for those who are lonely.

    If you live in Winshill and are feeling lonely or need any help at all, please call Kim Smith on 07919 872964.

  • Everyone Health

    Our friends at Everyone Health, in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, have launched a FREE telephone and postal service, aimed at alleviating loneliness during lockdown. A weekly timetable of telephone social groups, as well as a free postal puzzle service, is available to all Staffordshire residents aged 18+.

    Their free telephone group sessions include bingo, book club, sports talk and more. They are ideal for those who may not have internet access and are a great way to meet new friends, from the comfort of your own home.

    Should you have any queries or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact Everyone Health’s contact centre on 03330 050095.

  • Other Partners & Agencies
    • Careline Calling - 01335 210353
    • GoodSam - 0808 196 3382
    • YMCA Food Bank (homeless or emergency) - 01283 547211 
    • BACT- Burton Albion Community Trust (befriending service) contact = Lisa Beard on 01283 246207
    • Alzheimer’s Society (to support individuals and family who have a diagnosis of dementia, or by self-referral)  - 01543 573936
    • All Call Signs (Veterans) - 0330 320 1185
    • The Silverline (Elderly) - 0800 4 70 80 90

For further information on loneliness week, please follow the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lets-talk-loneliness-campaign-launched-to-tackle-stigma-of-feeling-alone

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