MINISTERS will today unveil a £7.5million package to help tackle loneliness — in a victory for The Sun and our Christmas Together campaign.
We have been encouraging readers to support those feeling isolated and anxious because of tough Covid curbs and the Government has heard our call to do more.
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The cash will be targeted immediately at the most vulnerable, through community libraries, charities and radio projects that work to ensure no one feels isolated.
Of the £7.5million, £5million will go to the Arts Council England for arts and library services.
A further £2million will be used to extend the Government’s loneliness fund and £500,000 to be distributed amongst funds which help local radio stations survive.
Minister for Civil Society Baroness Barran told The Sun: “The next few months will be a worry for many people who have felt particularly isolated or lonely during the pandemic.
“It is important we continue to provide support to those most at risk of isolation and loneliness over the next few months.
“There is already such important work being done in the arts, library and radio sectors to help bring people together and tackle loneliness."
The Sun’s Christmas Together campaign
THIS Christmas we are teaming up with the Together Campaign, a coalition of community groups and organisations, and Royal Voluntary Service to combat loneliness.
And we want to recruit an army of volunteers to support those feeling cut off, anxious and isolated, this Christmas.
Could YOU reach out to someone who might be struggling and alone?
It might be someone you know in your own life or community who needs support.
Or we can connect you with someone in need through the NHS Volunteer responder programme run by the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service and the GoodSAM app.
Could you give up half an hour to make a call and chat with someone feeling isolated? Or could you volunteer to deliver essential shopping or festive treats?
Go to nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/christmastogether to sign up as a volunteer.
You will then receive an email taking you through the sign up process and be asked to download the responder app which will match you to those in need in your area.
Don’t worry if you don’t get a job straight away, because jobs are matched according to the need local to you. Being ready to help is what really matters.
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