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Loneliness Awareness Week 2023

Published on 07 June 2023 08:31 AM

Loneliness Awareness Week is a week dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness hosted byMarmalade Trust. It's all about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends or colleagues about loneliness. Loneliness is a natural human emotion - we are hardwired to need social connections. By talking about it, we can support ourselves and others. 

Loneliness has a significant impact on health and wellbeing, let’s work together to help alleviate its effects in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Let's talk about loneliness and reach out for support.

How to deal with loneliness

Everyone can feel lonely, and you don't necessarily need a reason to feel this way. Loneliness affects every individual differently. There are things you can do to feel less lonely.

Knowing what can affect your mental wellbeing might help you understand the feelings you’re experiencing and help you think about the steps you can take to look after yourself. This is the best place to start. 

Although it might not feel that way, if you're feeling lonely, remember you're not alone. That feeling of loneliness can hit us at any time in life, often unexpectedly, even if it seems as though we're surrounded by friends and family.

Whatever might be making you feel lonely, we are here to help.

Have a chat with a volunteer

You could make use of our services that tackle loneliness. Our Sharing Time, Telephone Befriending, Day Services and Friendship Clubs can help to reduce the feelings of loneliness.

  • Telephone Befriending Service you could to sign up for a weekly friendship call.
  • Sharing Time Service offers a weekly visit in your own home from one of our wonderful volunteers.
  • Day Services offer opportunities to socialise, enjoy activities, quizzes and entertainment. We have several Day Services at different centres across the county.
  • Friendship Clubs meet once a week and offer a place to enjoy the company of others, and some also have a home cooked meal.

Become a volunteer

Spending time with other people can prevent you from feeling lonely or anxious and give you a chance to share experiences, thoughts and ideas.

If you would like to volunteer for us and help reduce the effects of isolation and loneliness please contact us. Find out more HERE

Loneliness Impact

Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us and you can help reduce loneliness in older people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. See our volunteering opportunities here.