Reconnect with your community
Loneliness is something we can all feel at times, but for a growing number of people loneliness can start to have a serious effect on physical and mental health. The good news is support is available, like Age UK Islington’s Activity Partners, who help people access local activities in the borough.
Rick Taylor has been an Islington Activity Partner for three years. He says: “My role is to work with people who are more isolated, on a one-to-one basis, in order to find the right activities, based on what’s important to them.
“Going to groups can feel a bit daunting so I can also pop along to things with people. As well as Age UK Islington’s groups, I connect people to activities run by a wide range of organisations. There’s some fantastic things on offer!”
Rick has been supporting 80 year-old Issac Bamgbose, who was struggling to find something to do near his home in Caledonian ward.
Isaac explains: “I was told about so many activities, like table tennis, indoor bowling, history talks and photography, and he introduced me to everything. I got to know more about what is local in Islington.
“Last year I went to an afternoon Christmas party. They have live entertainment, mince pies and coffee. I’ll be going this year too!”
Five ways to beat loneliness
Learn something new
Taking up a new hobby is a great way to connect with people who share your interests. You could start with an Adult Community Learning course.
If your friends and family live far away, stay in touch with emails, or free video chats using services like Skype. All of Islington’s libraries have computers that you can use for free and you can book a one-to-one session if you need a little help to get started.
Helping others can improve your mental health and wellbeing. For local volunteering opportunities, visit the Voluntary Action Islington website.
Get into books
If you enjoy reading, you might enjoy being part of a book club, where you can also meet like-minded people. Many of Islington’s libraries have book clubs, ask at the desk or search local groups here.
Meet people for tea
There are plenty of schemes around the borough, and if you feel daunted about going alone, you can always call an Activity Partner.