A campaign to help tackle loneliness and social isolation in Nottingham has launched just in time for national Mental Health Awareness Week.
Wilko, Nottingham Forest in the Community and Nottingham City Council have teamed up to run the Fancy A Cuppa campaign, which will see 12,000 teabags donated to isolated residents along with a postcard which encourages them to pick up the phone and have a chat with someone they know over a cup of tea. The campaign is particularly focused on reaching older members of the community who may be feeling anxious, alone or depressed during lockdown.
Councillor Eunice Campbell-Clark, Portfolio Holder for Health, HR and Equalities at Nottingham City Council, said: "I know that even at the best of times, loneliness and isolation are a big problem in today’s society. These issues can affect anyone, at any time of life, but as an Older Person’s Champion, I am particularly concerned about our more elderly residents during the current lockdown.
"If you know someone who you suspect might be struggling right now, please do reach out. Please make a cuppa, give them a call and have a chat, show you care – you may be the person who makes the world of difference to their day."
Local police, community and faith groups along with volunteers will be assisting the council and Nottingham Forest in the community with the distribution of the teabags and postcards.