How can I help reduce loneliness?
Most of us will feel lonely at some point in our lifetime but luckily the majority of us will overcome it, For some though, particularly older people, loneliness can define their lives and have a significant impact on their day-to-day living and well being.
There are a number of things that can trigger loneliness, read about spotting the signs of loneliness and simple things you can do to help someone in need.
Once you’ve made your pledge, help us spread the word even further by using our top tips and useful links below.
Engage with people
Doing things together as a group such as walking, swimming or crafts can be more fun for both you and the individual that is socially isolated. When you do regular activities speak to people and tell them about what you are doing to combat loneliness and encourage them to make a pledge too.
Spread the word even further by sharing the information with local community or social groups you go to. You could put on displays in your local village hall or even host a free event to encourage people to come together.
You might not have some who is lonely in your own social circles, so why not join others? You could volunteer to lead a group based on common interest, for example walks, book club, outdoor trips.
Places you could start your own group include:
- Leisure centres
- Community centres
- Village halls
- Doctors surgeries
- Mental Health Foundation
- Volunteering – Leicestershire County Council
- Advice from the NHS to help reduce loneliness
- Friends of the Elderly
- Timebanking in Leicestershire
- Spotting the signs of loneliness
- Campaign to end loneliness – threats to health
- Age UK: Risk of loneliness UK map
- Age UK: Caring for someone who is lonely and what you can do
- Article: Department of Health has assessed loneliness to be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day
- Article: Changing loneliness with music