Let's Talk Loneliness Let's Talk Loneliness
All of us can experience loneliness at some point in our lives. It’s time we started talking about it.

Hayley Down

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  • Location:
    Greater London
  • Type of support:
    A place people can go, Events, Website/app
  • Groups supported:
    Bereaved, Carers, Disabled, Divorced/separated/having relationship difficulties, Elderly, Men, Newly-retired, Unemployed
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City Lit – Adult Education

At City Lit we believe lifelong learning is key to helping people stay mentally stimulated throughout both their home, working life and well into retirement – broadening horizons, challenging people to leave their comfort zone and ‘conquer new worlds’, and helping people to make new contacts and connections that may have seemed beyond reach prior to setting out on a course.

We’ve witnessed countless examples of how adult learning transforms confidence and wellbeing – from Penelope, a retired teacher who attended courses here to help bring back a sense of purpose to her life, to Yunus, a student in his 80s who has been studying here since the early 1960s due to the intellectual stimulation and sense of community he believes adult education provides him. Over 20,000 of our enrolments each year are from people over the age of 60, so it is clear there is a huge appetite amongst this demographic for both mental stimulation and the sense of community adult learning can foster.

“At City Lit, we believe lifelong learning is key to helping people stay mentally stimulated throughout both their working life and well into retirement – broadening horizons, challenging people to leave their comfort zone and ‘conquer new worlds’, and helping people to make new contacts and connections that may have seemed beyond reach prior to setting out on a course. Day in day out, we see how adult learning opportunities can transform the confidence and wellbeing of our students – which leads us to believe we can help beat the stigma of loneliness and promote a sense of belonging in our London community. Loneliness is too big an issue to have one simple solution applied to it, and that is why the campaign launched today is a real step in the right direction”. Phil Chamberlain, Executive Director for External Engagement at City Lit