It’s probably a bit strange to see a minor illness as a sign of a successful event. However, as we come to the end of our event series with the British Red Cross and Co-op Partnership on tackling loneliness, I’ve completely lost my voice! And I’m taking that as a good sign, after a few weeks which have brought real focus to the power of conversation and the value of human connection.
How do you know if you're part of a family? Your parents, siblings – that's not too difficult. How about being part of a family of services?
It's a question we've been exploring in our shared learning series with the British Red Cross and Co-op partnership tackling loneliness. As part of our recent event in London we explored whether we can define a 'family' of services that share key features of the Red Cross's Community Connector schemes, and identify common challenges and solutions among these different schemes.
With apologies for the unsubtle metaphor (for which you can blame mother nature!) - we arrived in Bristol, for the first of our shared learning series with the British Red Cross and Co-op partnership on tackling loneliness, in deep fog. We left in glorious sunshine.
The event featured a wide range of organisations that work to tackle loneliness by connecting people back to their communities. Along with upcoming events in London and Glasgow, it aimed to draw upon the learning emerging from the Red Cross's own work to establish almost 40 new 'Community Connector' schemes across the UK, and to share this with other similar schemes working in different areas and with different communities.