The #ReachOut campaign to tackle loneliness and social isolation, launched on 1st August at the Playday event.
The aim of the campaign is to improve the health and wellbeing of Slough residents by encouraging people to ‘reach out’ and seek help and support if they are feeling lonely or socially isolated; as well as offer advice to people wanting to help those who are lonely or isolated.
On the day, cabinet member for health and social care, councillor Natasa Pantelic spoke about the campaign and how we can address the issue in Slough.
She was joined by organisations and voluntary groups from across the borough supporting the initiative and offering advice and information for those suffering from loneliness or isolation, or for those who think they may know someone who is.
The groups also highlighted the many events and volunteering opportunities residents can be involved in as part of #ReachOut, such as the Slough Befriending Service, which offers support face-to-face or by phone to anyone living in Slough, and Good Gym, the new running initiative where you can get fit, make friends and volunteer all at the same time.
Councillor Pantelic said: “We are launching Reach Out because we want to reduce the likelihood of someone becoming lonely or isolated in our town and ensure they are able to access support when they need it.
“We are encouraging residents to be alert to this possibility and provide help and support to neighbours, friends and families at the right time.
“I also encourage everyone to support their local charities and community groups to help tackle this important issue.”
Whether you’re feeling lonely yourself or you know someone who might be, visit the official page for tips and advice on how to ‘reach out’, as well as links to local organisations and charities who can provide help and support.
There are also details on spotting the signs of loneliness and social isolation, from a change in a person’s situation to illness and more. This information should hopefully help people to spot signs in themselves or others around them.
Council staff as well as members of the Slough Wellbeing Board will also be making pledges to help tackle this issue, including checking in on a neighbour each week, getting involved with volunteering and outreach and more.
To find out more about the campaign, visit www.slough.gov.uk/reachout and follow @SloughCouncil on Twitter.