It is fairly common knowledge nowadays that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our mental health. What isn't so widely recognised is just how much of an impact prolonged isolation can have on our physical wellbeing. The Royal College of Nursing identify that lack of social connections can increase the likelihood of early death by 26%, comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and higher than obesity and physical inactivity.
At the RCC we recognise loneliness as one of the most significant and widespread issues facing our rural communities and have placed activity to tackle the problem at the heart of our work to improve lives across Leicestershire and Rutland.
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.
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
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.