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TG – Helping to End Loneliness



Understanding

Loneliness is described by the ‘Campaign to End Loneliness’ as ‘an unwelcome feeling of lack or loss of companionship, which happens when we have a mismatch between the quantity and quality of social relationships that we have, and those that we want’.

We probably all know what it feels like, and have experienced it at some time. Loneliness can affect anyone at any stage of their life.

It can affect people of all ages and from all backgrounds - from the bullied school child, to the new mother, to the pensioner who has outlived her friends and immediate family. Feeling lonely becomes a major problem when people are overwhelmed by it – when it is chronic - and can’t, for many reasons, take action to tackle it.

How can we help?

Jo Cox put it perfectly, “young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate...it is something many of us could easily help with. Looking in on a neighbour, visiting an elderly relative or making that call or visit we’ve been promising to a friend we haven’t seen in a long time.”

We know how valuable local Guilds are to the social lives of members – we can invite lonely women along to our Guild meetings and offer them the friendship and support that we all enjoy.

We can buy and give the 'Gift of Friendship' – which is a voucher for TG membership. For more details click here.

We can also support the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and the Campaign to End Loneliness, both as an organisation and as individuals.

We can also support ITV Good Morning Britain's' 'Million Minutes' campaign, which is collecting pledges of time to spend with lonely people. For more details click here.

As an organisation, TG will be helping to promote the both the Campaign to End Loneliness and Million Minutes campaigns.

At the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness website you can help, by pledging to start a conversation here.

The Campaign to End Loneliness website offers helpful tips for groups and individuals here.

Together, we can help to end loneliness.




The TG 2017 Carol Services will also feature the following poem, written specially for the events.

What a wonderful feeling to be here with our friends
In this season of festivity and joy
We are celebrating our friendship
And the birth of Mary’s sweet boy

But how will we feel when we say our goodbyes
Will we go home with our own key?
Will family or a good neighbour pop in
Joining us for a nice cup of tea?

Or like so many people these days
Will we not see a soul for a week?
Or, if we go shopping, just to get out
Will we find people too busy to speak?

Consider the homeless people you pass
It costs nothing to give them a smile
They may look a bit dirty and scary
But not many CHOOSE that lifestyle

They may have been soldiers fighting for us
Out of sight, out of mind for so many
But the lack of employ meant when they returned
Means they have to beg for each penny

Or the little old lady with her carrier bags
All piled in a tatty old trolley
Just imagine how lonely and frightened she is
She’ll be seeing no turkey or holly

Give her a smile if nothing else
It may warm her heart just a touch
To know that you noticed her there in the street
A small gesture can mean so much

Give a smile and a wave to new neighbours
Don’t worry if they don’t wave to you
Just keep trying and smiling till you get a response
You’ll all be so pleased when you do

Now remember that this is Christmas
The season of goodwill and love
Celebrate the birth of our Saviour
Sent from the Father above

Born to the Virgin Mary, who loved her beautiful child
Too soon to see Him on the cross
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild

What greater love than to give God’s own son
To the world to do with what they will
Let us try to make sure that this sacrifice
Sends the message of love to all still

So treasure your friendships and make many more
Just by smiling and touching of hands
We will make this world a happier place
And this country the safest of lands.

Ellen Jenkinson 2017


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