At lunchtime today I was browsing the BBC news website and, after scaring myself that Russia and Ukraine might start World War 3, I came across the article above. Sad, in some ways, to hear how moving to a new area or having a baby can lead to such feelings of loneliness. I was, however, delighted to hear how both the individuals featured found some solace through either volunteering or reaching out for help to charities in their respective areas.
It also reminded me that, in a slight "tweak" to how we run the VIVA scheme, we are now able to offer our service to people who are "isolated, lonely or experiencing poverty" in addition to our longstanding commitment to work with people with disabilities and health problems.
Volunteering can be a great way to make new friends and reduce those feelings of loneliness so if you, or someone you know, finds themselves in that situation please check out the VIVA page of our website and bear us in mind.