Com­mu­nity ideas we love

Here are some of our favourite projects al­ready chal­leng­ing lone­li­ness:

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NURS­ERIES AND CARE HOMES JOIN­ING FORCES

It was im­pos­si­ble not to be moved by the re­cent Chan­nel 4 doc­u­men­tary, Old Peo­ple’s Home for 4 Year Olds, where pre-school­ers made reg­u­lar vis­its to a care home, with amaz­ing con­se­quences. Since then, many sim­i­lar schemes have sprung up and some nurs­eries and care homes have even been lo­cated side by side, in­ject­ing some child­ish fun into older peo­ple’s lives.

MEN (AND WOMEN) IN SHEDS

First es­tab­lished in Aus­tralia in the Nineties, Men in Sheds has proved a bril­liant project for men at risk of iso­la­tion to so­cialise in a work­shop set­ting, do­ing DIY to­gether. In­volv­ing around 9,000 men a year, a new Women in Sheds project has been tri­alled in Cheshire where wid­owed women, pre­vi­ously re­liant on their hus­bands to do DIY, can learn prac­ti­cal skills while mak­ing new friends.

BE­FRIEND­ING SER­VICES

A cuppa and a chat, even for an hour a week, can make such a dif­fer­ence to a lonely per­son, es­pe­cially some­one who can’t get out and about. Age UK’s be­friend­ing ser­vice fa­cil­i­tates this sim­ple, but ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion as vol­un­teer be­frien­ders visit older peo­ple in their own home once a week.

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