Get help with tackling loneliness
Loneliness can affect anyone at any time, and over this last whirlwind of a year many more of us have felt lonely and isolated than ever before. We recently teamed up with Mind to host a webinar to help you if you are felling lonely, or if you are a professional working with those facing loneliness. You can now view a recoding of this webinar.
Below are a number of other resouces to help you to deal with loneliness.
Are you feeling lonely?
This video from the British Red Cross talks about the signs of feeling lonely.
Plus they also have a list of important things to remember about loneliness .
Older people are often more at risk of loneliness and social isolation, and Age UK has a wide range of information on combating elderly loneliness
But young people can often be affected, especially with the recent school closures and lack of social groups and activities. Both Young Minds and Childline have support available for children and young people experiencing loneliness.
You are not alone
There are many others experiencing loneliness in the UK, according to a survey of UK adults carried out by the Mental Health Foundation which took place nine months into Covid-19 restrictions one in four (24%) adults in the UK said they had feelings of loneliness in the “previous two weeks”.
But there is practical help out there and here at CKH we have a lot of help and support available to you and are here for you, if you are feeling lonely.
Help for new parents: Becoming a parent for the first time, especially in a pandemic, and be an incredibly isolating and lonely experience. We work closely with NCT, and their Birth and Beyond community support volunteers are on hand to lend a listening ear and signpost you to other support available. You’ll receive support from another mum, just like you, who will have been through many of the things you have been through. If you would like help from a Community Supporter who understands how hard being a new mum can be, then get in touch with Kerry by email at Kerry.Smith@nct.org.uk or call her on 0771 131 7555.
NCT also have information for parents experiencing loneliness on their website
Volunteering: Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house and meet people, whilst also learning new skills. The WestRaven Café and Garden have a lot of volunteering opportunities in Westwood, and we are always on the lookout for people who would like to get out help in our communities. We also run an introduction to volunteering course that can help you get started. If you would like to know more, tick the volunteering box on the form above and we’ll be in touch!
New Perspectives support group: ‘New Perspectives’ is our new mental health support group, available completely free to anyone who just wants to talk. Running every Tuesday at 1pm, the group will be available online and led by a mental health professional. It will give you a safe space to connect with others and share solutions and coping strategies for whatever hurdles you are facing. We hope one day to offer these sessions in person as well, but the online support will continue. If you would like to know more, tick the New Perspectives box on the form above and we’ll be in touch!
Feeling Stuck Course: Getting back into learning can be a great way to keep your mind active and to meet new people. Our ‘Feeling Stuck’ course can help you out of a rut and help you to succeed. This free, short course will give you the tools you need to overcome any barriers you have faced in the past and help you to get back into learning. We’ll also give you great advice on your next steps on your learning journey.We run these courses regularly, both online in in person. To find out more and sign up for the next course, just tick the Feeling Stuck box on the form above!
To find out more about the services we have on offer or to join any of our groups listed above, just pop your details in the form below and we will be in touch.
These videos and podcasts talk more about loneliness and how to overcome feelings of loneliness.
The Red Cross also has a the kind place podcast , where you can listen to people talk about their experiences of loneliness, discover their coping strategies and join the conversation.
Help and support
Get back into learning with City College Peterborough .
Andy’s Man Club is a support group especially for men who are feeling lonely or going through poor mental health.
Cambridgeshire County Council have a huge range of resources to help you feel connected in your community .
Get into volunteering in your community with PCVS .
There are also a number of befriending services out there, including:
Peterborough Salvation Army’s Good Neighbour Service
The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline offering information, advice and friendship to older people. Call any time - it is a 24 hour service - on 0800 4 70 80 90
If you are struggling and need to talk to someone The British Red Cross has free and confidential coronavirus support line which helps people who are feeling lonely 0808 196 3651 or you can e-mail SupportLine@redcross.org.uk