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Social connections are so important for wellbeing and quality of life. Being socially connected brings joy, purpose, helps foster a sense of belonging, and improves health and productivity. Although lockdown measures and socially distancing will lessen with time, many people in our communities will remain lonely and feel left behind by the societal shifts seen over the course of the Covid pandemic. Tackling loneliness and social isolation is therefore one of the top priorities to emerge from Covid-19.

The psychological and physical impacts of loneliness and social isolation can lead to harmful knock-on effects for individuals, communities, public health and services. No one is immune from loneliness, but some groups are at greater risk than others, including:

  • people living alone
  • self-isolating or shielding
  • living with young children
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
  • younger people
  • those with a long-term physical or mental condition, illness or disability

In September 2020, Islington Council produced a Briefing on Social Connectedness for Partners Working and Volunteering in Islington (see Downloads). Topics covered include:

  • accessibility
  • digital confidence
  • activities
  • support for parents, families, young people and children
  • chat and befriending
  • identity: faith, culture, community languages, gender & sexuality
  • bereavement services
  • psychological support and therapy
  • community centre hubs
  • mutual aid groups
  • navigator services

Area specific guidance for Islington

Social connections are so important for wellbeing and quality of life. Being socially connected brings joy, purpose, helps foster a sense of belonging, and improves health and productivity. Although lockdown measures and socially distancing will lessen with time, many people in Islington will remain lonely and feel left behind by the societal shifts seen over the course of the Covid pandemic. Tackling loneliness and social isolation is therefore one of the top priorities to emerge from Covid-19.

The psychological and physical impacts of loneliness and social isolation can lead to harmful knock-on effects for individuals, communities, public health and services. No one is immune from loneliness, but some groups are at greater risk than others, including: people living alone, self-isolating or shielding, living with young children, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, younger people, and those with a long-term physical or mental condition, illness or disability.

In September 2020, Islington Council produced a Briefing on Social Connectedness for Partners Working and Volunteering in Islington (see Downloads). Topics covered include:

  • Accessibility
  • Digital Confidence
  • Activities
  • Support for Parents, Families, Young People and Children
  • Chat and Befriending
  • Identity: Faith, Culture, Community Languages, Gender & Sexuality
  • Bereavement Services
  • Psychological Support and Therapy
  • Community Centre Hubs
  • Mutual Aid Groups
  • Navigator Services.

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