This week is Loneliness Awareness Week (15-19 June), when people and organisations join together to raise awareness of loneliness.
Loneliness is something that can affect any one of us at any point in our lives, but this issue has become more prominent during the coronavirus pandemic, making Loneliness Awareness Week more important than ever. Not being able to see family, friends and loved ones during this time has left many people at risk of feeling lonely and isolated.
This year the Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign has joined together with Marmalade Trust and the Jo Cox Foundation, plus numerous other charities and private sector organisations to organise online events and offer tips on how you can reach out and promote connection this Loneliness Awareness Week and beyond. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved this week:
Make someone’s day with a letter or card
The Royal Mail and Post Office are asking people to reach out and connect by sending letters and cards to friends, family and neighbours who are elderly or otherwise clinically vulnerable. Look out for the special Loneliness Awareness Week postmark on all mail delivered between 15-19 June.
One Less Lonely Voice
This Loneliness Awareness Week, The Marmalade Trust is encouraging everyone to increase their understanding of loneliness by joining its virtual One Less Lonely Voice campaign, so that everyone can be involved and understand loneliness one conversation at a time.
You can get involved in 3 ways:
- Post about loneliness on your social media. We all have different experiences, and to better understand loneliness, we need to be open and talk about it. Use the hashtags #LetsTalkLoneliness and #LonelinessAwarenessWeek.
- Increase your understanding of loneliness and help others feel more connected – check out the tips in the Marmalade Trust’s Loneliness Toolkit for ways to do this.
- Take the Loneliness Pledge.
Play and Talk Weekend
Ukie, The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment, is supporting Loneliness Awareness Week by encouraging people to play a game online with friends and family for an hour during their Play and Talk Weekend (20-21 June). Playing games online, be it a quiz, word game or video game is a great way to spend quality time with others based on a mutual interest.
The Great Get Together
Although we can’t be together as we normally would, this year The Great Get Together, organised by The Jo Cox Foundation, are asking people across the country to celebrate the power of community. Get involved and build connections either in your neighbourhood or virtually this 19 – 21 June.
Loneliness Minister urges people to write letters to people isolating at home.