Up and Out of the Darkness

Several UK organizations sprang into action to combat COVID-19-related lockdown loneliness and isolation. The Cares Family connected tens of thousands of younger and older neighbors to spend time together, virtually now due to the pandemic, and Linking Lives also connected people through a telephone befriending model that has yielded deep connections. The government used “heat maps” to identify areas of need even before the pandemic and had a national strategy already in place, which facilitated a quick response as the pandemic highlighted the need for social connections.

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