17th June 2021

 

This week is national Loneliness Awareness Week. After a year of lockdowns, social distancing and restrictions, more of us than ever are experiencing loneliness, which is having a great impact on our wellbeing. As restrictions lift we look forward to welcoming residents to our Centre and providing more local services and activities for all ages, with the opportunity to socialise and meet people and feel part of the community again.

 

At St Luke’s we recently carried out a survey of 97 households who have been using our lunch club and our food hub (Food Connections) over the past six months. It was good to hear from these residents that the services had made a real difference to their feelings of loneliness, with 76% of lunch club and befriending service users saying they felt less isolated, and 87% feeling our services had helped them keep connected to St Luke’s and the wider community over lockdowns. In addition 54% of people using Food Connections and collecting food on a weekly basis said they felt less isolated, with 85% feeling services had helped them keep connected to St Luke’s and the local community.

 

To find out more about loneliness awareness, the Marmalade Trust are leading the campaign this year:   https://www.marmaladetrust.org/law

 

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