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Shine a Light on Loneliness

During the pandemic, loneliness – experienced by people of all ages – has been an issue like never before. That's why we're campaigning to bring loneliness out of the shadows and keep it high on the agenda.

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About this project

We don’t accept that loneliness is an inevitable part of ageing. We all experience loneliness, regardless of age. We don’t accept that loneliness demonstrates a weakness or flaw in people. It’s a universal human emotion. It’s okay to talk about it. To admit you are lonely is simply to say that you have one of the most basic human needs – interaction with others.

Through the campaign we aim to –

  • Capture the empathy and emotional understanding of loneliness that Covid-19 is creating and to promote longer lasting understanding
  • Use lockdown experience to highlight how loneliness impacts across all age groups, not just older people
  • Share our learning with local, regional and national partners about how loneliness affects people and ways of coping and developing resilience
  • Shine a light on how Covid-19 is impacting on different sections of our community and those at greater risk of loneliness
  • Work in partnership citywide to keep loneliness high on the agenda post Covid-19 and build into future conversations to prevent loneliness across Leeds

Tell us about your experience of feeling lonely – before, during or after lockdown. Let us know how it feels and how it affects you; we’d like to know what helps and how you cope. We really want to hear stories from all walks of life so we can learn from you and use what we learn to help you and others.

Get in touch to tell us about your experiences >

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Related blog post – https://timetoshineleeds.org/blog/time-to-shine-a-light-on-loneliness