We spoke to some of our beneficiaries with lived experience of loneliness
‘It’s sometimes the only person I talk to all week’ – Valerie
102 people are currently paired with a walking buddy through our Move Mates project. 40% of those people selected ‘to feel less lonely’ as one of the reasons they wanted our support..
The 14th-18th June was Loneliness Awareness Week, organised by the Marmalade Trust. They talk about the long term impact of loneliness on someone’s health and found that it has been linked to early deaths and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, cognitive decline and poor sleep.
Here at Move the Masses we know that loneliness impacts our community and the pandemic has only worsened this. Even more so for those who are older and without family close by. Our Move Mates project helps to tackle loneliness in a simple way and we chatted to a few of our beneficiaries who had been experiencing loneliness to ask how they felt Move Mates has helped them.
Valerie, who was referred to Move Mates in January this year, told us that walking with her Move Mate brightens up her week!
When we asked her if this helps with the feelings of loneliness she experiences she said ‘Definitely, she’s sometimes the only person I talk to all week’.
“It’s immensely important to reach out for help”
– Move Mate beneficiary Nick