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Blog / May 9th, 2022

Together We Can Beat Loneliness: Mental Health Awareness Week

This year the Mental Health Foundation is focusing on people joining together to beat loneliness – an emotion that has been felt across the country during the pandemic, with lockdowns seeing so many people isolated.

It has been wonderful to have units back together with face-to-face meetings allowing our members to reconnect. Our recent region event at RSPB Rainham Marshes, saw girl guides connecting with members from other units to enjoy nature and learn as a community.

Girlguiding at its core combats loneliness, both outside the organisation connecting with the public through activities in the community, but also within Girlguiding where volunteers make connections with each other, creating mutual support and social opportunities. Girlguiding has always been there to bring people together and forge friendships that can last a lifetime.

As we move forward in 2022, putting the pandemic behind us, we can look forward to more occasions and projects involving face-to-face contact. Keep an eye on the events pages on the region and county websites for exciting events, such as the Girlguiding Anglia and Hautbois Activity Centre Jubilee Beacon event in July; the Super Rainbows event box in October (orders open now); LEAP, ROVE and Safe Space sessions; and much more.

Let’s beat loneliness together. If you or anyone you know is struggling, please reach out to your volunteering friends at any level, where there are people available to support you. We are here for each other, together we can beat loneliness.