Loneliness is putting millions at risk – let’s take action now

According to the recent BBC News article, loneliness is a ‘bigger heath risk than smoking or obesity’ so we need to put at stop to it now. We’re asking for organisations to help us offer more outdoor activity programmes across the East of England. 

NHS prescriptions for gardening and dancing are “vitally needed” to help tackle rising levels of loneliness after lockdown, people suffering from isolation have said (BBC). At Groundwork we have a number of projects that can hep tackle loneliness, get people outside and active – including gardening – to improve their physical and mental health.

Our Get Outdoors, Get Active is getting adults gardening to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Sessions can be with students at university, groups of adults in social care, or just anyone who wants to get active.

We also provide for parents with children. They can get active alongside their children with Grow It Cook It Share It, Wellies in the Woods, and Really Wild Play. Grow It teaches parents and children how to grow, sow, harvest, and cook fresh ingredients. Wellies and Wild Play help families to connect with the outdoors, using it as a place to play and learn.

There’s lots of way in which our work can help those suffering from loneliness, who need to boost their health in the outdoors. Will you help us to run more projects and reach more people?