How do we support people who are lonely and isolated during Covid-19?
The impacts of coronavirus mean that people who are already lonely and isolated are even more vulnerable during the outbreak, while others who need to self isolate may be experiencing loneliness for the first time, however temporary it may be.
It’s important to recognise what support these people need, and how it can be delivered to them. We are working closely with community groups, charities, local authorities and the health and social care sector to provide as much information as possible on how best to reach people experiencing loneliness at this time.
Making a positive response to coronavirus as a community and as individuals is vital.
Looking after each other
- Combatting loneliness through volunteering: research has shown that volunteering can improve wellbeing for both individual volunteers and communities. Find out more, download resources and listen to what three Marie Cure volunteer helpers have to say on our ‘The Loneliness Campaign in North Yorkshire’ pages.
- The Local Government Association has produced practical advice on how to work together to tackle isolation and loneliness during Covid-19.
- The British Red Cross has launched a campaign, setting out simple ways we can all be kind to our neighbours – and ourselves – including connecting with each other and staying in touch.
- British Red Cross also have useful activities and information for those feeling lonely.
- The BBC ran a story (18 March) about how to help the rural elderly who are even more isolated at this time as they are often far from their families. It’s a wonderful example of how a community is working together to help each other through a difficult situation.
- Read the blog from Campaign to End Loneliness which gives a moving insight into the impact that isolation during the outbreak could have on the nation’s older people, and suggests ways in which people can keep connected.
- Listen to our podcast with Hilary Ashton telling us about how helping her neighbour out has had its own positive impact on loneliness.
- The Loneliness Campaign for North Yorkshire has produced a top tips to combat loneliness, which you can download here.
- The Loneliness Campaign for North Yorkshire has published the Loneliness Strategy for North Yorkshire, which you can view here.
- If you’re working from home, the Loneliness Lab has put together a great piece on loneliness and home working.
Page updated 10 February 5pm