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Tackling Loneliness

At least 37,000 people across the rural counties of Leicestershire & Rutland have regularly suffered some form of social isolation or loneliness within the last two years. So far this year, and due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, this has increased dramatically with over 165,000 people across our counties (that’s almost 1 in 4 of us) experiencing the unwanted feelings and impact of loneliness.

Through our Rural Coffee Connect Barista Coffee Van and our InTouch Loneliness Awareness Training we are committed to working with communities across Leicestershire and Rutland to combat loneliness and isolation within our rural areas.

Rural Coffee Connect

Our Rural Coffee Connect barista coffee van travels across rural Leicestershire and Rutland popping up a safe, welcoming and informal café for people to enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea, chat and build connections in their community.

The van also provides a focal point for delivering information, awareness training and other community activities to help combat loneliness and isolation within our rural areas.

We are currently embarking on a timetabled programme of visits, popping up our café in several rural villages across Leicestershire and Rutland .

Loneliness Awareness Training

Just as anyone can feel lonely, anyone can take steps in their everyday life to reach out and help others in their local community suffering from loneliness.

Our FREE Zoom based training sessions are designed to help you take action by explaining the common causes and effects of loneliness, talking through ways to reach out, connect and help others that may be experiencing loneliness and sharing useful links, tools and resources to help tackle loneliness

Our training is open and suitable for anyone living, volunteering or working across Leicestershire and Rutland.

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