National Befriending Week 1st to 7th November
Posted: Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:59
Many people across our communities experience loneliness and it has been highlighted more so during Covid-19, with people of all ages and demographics having to isolate or shield.
Loneliness is a very real issue affecting lots of people:
- Elderly people who live alone
- Young people struggling with the change in social distancing from friends
- People with disabilities and mental health issues
- Those who have recently lost their jobs and are struggling to find employment.
Feeling lonely and lacking a social connection does have a knock on effect for our emotional health and well-being. As human beings, we are essentially social creatures who do need that connection and sense of community.
The effects of loneliness and the importance of connection and kindness have never been so present recently. Across the UK and within our own locality, befriending schemes have been dedicated in supporting those who feel lonely and vulnerable; some organisations were already in place prior to the pandemic and others formed in response to the emerging need.
These organisations and their volunteers have helped make a positive impact on people's lives which makes Befriending Week 2020 even more significant.
It is a time to thank volunteers and staff for their support and an opportunity to let befriendees know they are cared about. It is also a chance to raise awareness about the transformative impact of befriending and encourage others to get involved.
That is why this year Befriending Week celebrates everything #BefriendingIs
Befriending Week is celebrated 1-7 November each year, and is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the great impact befriending has on reducing loneliness and social isolation.