Loneliness is something that all of us will experience at some level in our lives. For many, loneliness is a long-term condition which has implications for their health and wellbeing. Research conducted by the Red Cross as far back as 2016, showed that almost half of the population said that they felt lonely ‘sometimes’ or more frequently and, perhaps more worryingly, almost a fifth of the population felt lonely ‘often’ or ‘always’.
Loneliness is often surrounded by stigma and it can be hard to have those initial small conversations that can help people to reach out and create connections within their local community. This is why, in partnership with the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Community First Yorkshire will be delivering a series of free, short workshops for businesses and organisations that provide services to residents in the Howardian Hills. The aim of these workshops is to present some of the tools and resources available to help facilitate these conversations and they will be particularly useful for frontline staff in hospitality, retail, health and local service providers. These include those working in local pubs, food outlets, village shops, post offices, banks, vets, libraries, health services and hairdressers. Volunteers who work alongside members of the public may also find the workshops useful.
Standing alongside our Stronger Together toolkit, we hope that this training will help to reduce loneliness and social isolation across the Howardian Hills, creating stronger and more resilient communities.
For more information and to book onto a workshop please visit: