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 before 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
If you would like to help make a difference to someone's life and become a befriending volunteer with a local scheme, please register your interest here: https://forms.gle/q9GjcQfYyzAcLgpZ8
Making a Difference Awards 2020
Each year we hold the Making a Difference Awards, celebrating those volunteers who go above and beyond in their roles as volunteers.
For 2020, unfortunately we could not hold the celebrations in person as planned, but all nominations were acknowledged highly and received certificates of recognition.
Volunteers Week - June 2020
Back in June, we highlighted the wonderful work undertaken by the hundreds of volunteers assisting with coronavirus specific services, across the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth.
The following information is just a snapshot of some of the the organisations ensuring vulnerable people have been provided for during this difficult time.
We thank each and every one of them for their dedication and kindness.