Loneliness

Reaching Out illustrates some ways parish groups can connect with older people through group activities that are right for them.  You can use it to start a conversation in your parish, and refer to it as you develop activities. CSAN, Caritas Salford, Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) and Father Hudson’s Care have jointly developed this resource, aimed mainly for Catholic parishes in England and Wales.

Connecting Communities: The Impact of Loneliness and Opportunities for Churches to Respond (pdf, 0.4mb), Church Urban Fund, July 2016.  Churches are uniquely placed to support the lonely people in our communities. Their local presence and existing community life make churches a welcoming place for people of all ages and stages of life.  This paper provides guidance for church activities based on the latest research; it details how we should understand loneliness and how to work most effectively alongside those who feel lonely.