Loneliness Awareness Week

WECAN United In Kind Coaches, Nick, Sarah, Ayesha and Jake, are gearing up for a busy week, ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week (June 14-18).

The Coaches, from Epping, Harlow and Uttlesford have compiled a newsletter, featuring information about local services and projects, games and interviews, all centred around the issue of loneliness and social isolation.

In addition, the coaches have been compiling local information about reopening clubs and activities, which will be handed to local residents needing some support and encouragement with re-socialising, as restrictions have become lifted.

Nick said:

‘We have had a surge in new referrals from people seeking home befriending support in recent weeks. The pandemic has affected us all differently, and people are adjusting to change and habits at their own pace.

Loneliness Awareness Week is a good time to reflect on a very sad and unfortunate state of mind that many of us, of different ages, have experienced in the past year. It is also a timely moment to talk about this condition, and ways that we can help alleviate it, as opportunities to mix again, indoors, soon become more possible.”

As well has providing packs to local residents who have struggled with loneliness and social isolation during the pandemic, the WECAN Coaches will also be running an online training webinar, next Thursday, on better understanding the issue of loneliness and forming a positive and proactive responses to tackle it, on a local level.

Anyone living in the West Essex who would be interested in attending the webinar training can sign up, for free, here: