Everyone can be lonely sometimes, but most of us have people we can rely on to support us, whether its family or friends. Some people, however, have small social networks – they may have few close friends, or none, and might not have family, or none they are close to. Research shows that loneliness has the same risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day – it isn’t just bad for people’s happiness, but bad for their health.
Islington Giving is confronting isolation in the borough, helping to ensure that people have new opportunities to socialise, make friends and get involved in activities that connect them to other people. So far we have invested more than £600,000 in projects that reduce loneliness. Some of the projects are large and open, such as the ‘Get Togethers’ we set up with Age UK to provide new social groups for older people across the borough. Some are much more targeted, like the one-to-one therapy provided by The Women’s Therapy Centre and Maya Centre to help isolated local women.
Both your time and your money make a big difference to isolated Islington people. You can find out more about the projects Islington Giving has supported so far here.