During lockdown, be part of your community
Posted by Alex Smith on 5th November 2020
2020 has been a year of disconnection like no other. We’ve not been able to hug loved ones, to share much time with neighbours face-to-face, or to nurture the relationships that sustain us in times of challenge and change.
But in this extraordinary year, this community – you – have done so much to help neighbours to stay connected. Between March and September alone:
- 5,701 younger and older people shared friendship and community online, on the phone and by post.
- 445 virtual social clubs were attended a total of 3,827 times by 663 younger and older people – including dances and discos, history nights, quizzes and yoga.
- 500 friends shared 2,749 chats on the phone, totalling 1,692 hours. Friends also shared time in-person at a safe distance.
- Young people made 5,295 calls to 1,799 older friends, helping to build solace and solidarity, community and connection in a disconnecting time.
- Over 10,000 neighbours across the generations received #AloneTogether activity packs co-created by younger and older people together, from afar.
Now, as we enter into a new phase of this pandemic, we’re determined to help this community stay together – even from afar.
If everyone in our networks joined one social club each month this winter, together you’d share over 20,000 hours of time. That’s an amazing contribution, and one that we know will help you, too, to feel less lonely and more connected as the nights draw in.
We’ve been so inspired by the impact you’ve made already in 2020. As we go into another national lockdown today, we’d love you to be involved to help our neighbours find connection in a deeply disconnecting time.
Thank you for what you do – you are what makes this community work.