Have a chat this week with a neighbour


Over the weekend I saw in my local newspaper that the Royal Voluntary Service is setting up a Community Champions service in Andover. RVS is looking for volunteers to spend an hour a week with an older person, helping them remain independent in their own communities.

This article seemed very timely as this week is Loneliness Awareness Week.

The Marmalade Trust, an organisation set up to support people to come together to combat the stigma of loneliness, has just published some sobering statistics:

Medium loneliness stats

Numerous events and activities are being run this week including evening walks, buggy walks, art sessions, coffee mornings, communal lunches, and digital buddy and reading sessions in some libraries. More information can be found at Marmalade Trust

But don’t forget that it isn’t just about events. We can all be good neighbours and bring a ray of sunshine into someone’s life by popping in for a chat, inviting them in for a cup of tea or including someone in an outing that you are planning – all you need is a little time.