As Covid-19 started to impact the UK, many supported interns job placements finished early or stopped altogether. At the time we wanted to support their continued development of professional job-placement skills, while starting to tackle the growing challenge of increased loneliness and isolation across our society.
Working together with students from Sandfield Park School and in partnership with Liverpool City Council Intern To Work programme and More Than 7, we co-designed a project to support isolated communities through the sharing of cards, pictures and letters.
The initial feedback from local Care Homes has been incredibly positive and we now want to expand the project across the UK exploring other ways to reconnect our communities, while spreading some joy.
Loneliness, living alone and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad, 2010).
“Being involved in this project makes me feel proud and happy that I’m able to help people who are less fortunate than myself and I’m able to help
even though I can’t physically get out to help.
Harry, #HomeNotAlone Project Designer
One card, one text, one word, one chat to any one of them will make their day!”
Jordan, #HomeNotAlone Project Designer