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The impact of lockdown and social distancing during coronavirus has led to many people experiencing increased loneliness and isolation.

We held a learning and networking event during Loneliness Awareness week at which we heard from Tracey Robbins, Head of UK Delivery at Eden Project Communities on how we can reduce the stigma of loneliness, talk to others about it and build relationships and networks to support each other during this isolating time. It was a chance to share ideas and solutions about how to identify and reach people who might be more isolated and lonely.

Check out the resources here: Loneliness legacy lockdown

This was an opportunity to think about building on the vast number of new community connections and outreach that Big Local areas have been doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis. How can we maximize those efforts, connect with lonely people during this crisis and ensure those connections are sustained into the future?