Loneliness does not discriminate. It doesn’t care about who we are or our circumstances. It has a habit of breaking down our relationships, increasing our feelings of isolation and leaving us disconnected from the ones we love. It can happen to anyone at any time and there is often shame attached to feeling lonely.

We at Carr Gomm believe the impact of loneliness is a topic often overlooked within our society. Across the country many people are struggling to open up and talk about their experiences and feelings towards this taboo subject.

Carr Gomm wants to change this and is dedicated to helping break down the barriers and tackle this issue head-on.

We understand that the world can feel like a very lonely place right now. We are advised to stay at home, keep two meters distance from one another, find new routines and ways to entertain ourselves, whilst unable to see friends and family. This sudden change has encouraged feelings of isolation and loneliness within many us during lockdown.

However, countless people were already experiencing these feelings before lockdown measures were put in place and will increasingly continue to struggle with these issues without our on-going support.

We believe people are the experts in their own lives and our mission is to help people we support to find their own solutions and ways of breaking down the barriers they may face towards loneliness. We want to continue to support people to build their confidence and provide them with the tools and resources to reduce their feelings of loneliness and create natural connections through our different groups and events.

This has been a challenge during lockdown. However we have set up an Individual Resilience Group to make sure the well-being of our staff and the people we support remains a priority. This Group aims to keep everyone updated by giving staff the means to share ideas and to take on positive messages about wellbeing, for themselves and people we support.

Through a little creativity and a lot of determination, many of our other groups have managed to stay connected through different forms of technology such as video and phone calls. It has been amazing to see how well we have coped as an organisation to carry on reducing people’s feelings of loneliness.

Going forward, we want to continue to raise awareness, across Scotland, and find creative and innovative ways of helping to tackle this misery, whilst working alongside the government and other organisations.

Together we will fight to end loneliness.

If you would like to find out more about receiving support from Carr Gomm, get in touch via our online form.