Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to highlight how crucial it is to feel connected with others. Many of us have been able to reconnect with our loved ones in person again. We have been able to be together in our communities, too. Local organisations across the country have continued to adapt and provide opportunities for people to connect safely.
However, we know that a large number of people felt lonely and isolated in this country long before the pandemic. That is why, three years ago, the government published a strategy to tackle loneliness and build a more connected society.
We know that people who felt lonely before the pandemic are likely to continue to feel this way even without restrictions in place. There are also those who have lost confidence because of the impacts of COVID-19, and who may struggle to reconnect or feel left behind as restrictions ease. For these reasons, tackling loneliness has remained — and will continue to be — a priority for this government.
Over the past year, we have worked across government and across society more widely to drive forward action to tackle loneliness and support a connected recovery from COVID-19. This included:
Continue reading – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/loneliness