BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind has launched 'The Loneliness Experiment' - the world's largest ever survey on loneliness.
Host Claudia Hammond talks to the experts about the truth about claims it is worse than smoking and why it isn't always a bad thing.
Over 450 people have joined our Great Get Together group already! Here's what we've learned so far.
🎈 Don't leave it too late to organise
🎈 Keep it simple, all you need is people, food and music
🎈 Have a specific time so people don't miss each other ...
🎈Local musicians (and ice cream sellers!) are nearly always overjoyed to be asked to help out!
For more great advice join in the conversation here > https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatgettogether
We've just started a new Facebook group for people organising and attending this year's Great Get Togethers.
If you'd like to share your experiences, get support, free resources and tips, or even make a few new friends, join us here. 👇
There is no one-size fits all. There is no quick fix. The new Minister for Loneliness talks about the "phenomenal challenge" we face in bringing our communities closer.
"Loneliness is a battle some parents might fight, but not one they have to fight alone." - A poll by Action for Children found over half of parents were lonely. What do you think can be done to make parenthood easier?
Here are some sources of support from FQ Magazine - The Essential Dads Magazine
Jo believed we are better when we get together, and the smiles, friendships and community spirit we've seen over the past year have convinced us.
Whether it's 2 or 2000, it's the little acts of friendship that make a big difference.
Who has helped you feel more connected this week? Tell us in the comments below 👇
Every day thousands of people are searching for ways to cope with their loneliness. The Guardian offers some answers based on personal experiences and professional advice.
Have they missed anything out? Have you found ways of coping you'd like to share? Please share your thoughts.
‘We don’t think about the man who murdered her, or talk about him... He’s not worth our time, our energy. So we concentrate on Jo’s life and the good she wanted to achieve instead.’
Jo's Mum, Dad and sister give their first interview since she was killed.
22nd June may feel a long way off right now 🌧️ ❄️ but 5 months goes fast when you're planning the biggest party of the year!
Get all the info you need for your community's get together. greatgettogether.org/how-to
Kim describes how her sister Jo's personal experience of loneliness inspired and informed her work. “When you experience something yourself it stays close to your heart.”
Are you passionate about communities and bringing people together? We are looking for a new Head of Partnerships as well as a Senior Media Officer. Can you help?
Please apply by early Feb or share with someone who might be interested.
“It’s the first time someone’s actually named a cat after me."
The story of Gerald and Nazia: How British Red Cross Community Connectors change people's lives. http://blogs.redcross.org.uk/uk/2017/12/kitten-called-nazia/
Get the gingham ready! We are pleased to announce the dates for The Great Get Together 2018. 🎈🎈🎈 This year we're starting our celebrations of all we have in common on Jo's birthday.
Make sure you sign up to get all the information you need to bring your community together this Summer. http://www.greatgettogether.org/