Loneliness and Isolation

Loneliness is arguably the most prevalent social concern of our time. A recent survey of church leaders showed that loneliness and social isolation were the most common concern within their community. What’s more, loneliness seems to be getting worse. It is damaging to our physical and mental wellbeing.

Churches in the Diocese of Oxford help to combat loneliness in ways that are both ordinary and radical: lunch clubs, community cafés, ‘knit and natter’ groups, chaplaincies, pastoral care teams, work with food banks, toddler groups and chatting after worship services and Bible study groups.

Most importantly, we overcome loneliness through being faithful disciples in our everyday life: looking out for those who may need company, being generous with our time, and undertaking small acts of kindness which can make the difference between belonging and despair.

Prayer

Lord,
You made each of us
A fragile ecosystem,
Not entire unto itself,
But vulnerable
To disruption by others;
Open, needing, desiring
To be loved by others.
Remind us that,
Just as without food and water
We quickly fade
And become weak,
So also, without others
We cannot live.
And without you,
There is no reason to.

Amen

Read

Loneliness: Accident or Injustice? — a publication by the Diocese of Oxford exploring facets of loneliness across all ages, and telling the stories of how churches have responded.

All the Lonely People — a report exploring the circumstances that lead to loneliness in later life, and how to overcome it.

A guide to useful publications and reports from the Campaign to End Loneliness.

Find Out More

Archway Foundation — supports those hurt by loneliness through a one to one befriending scheme and regular weekly gatherings.

Ami — an App to Combat Loneliness, working through existing local charities who vet volunteers and facilitate meet ups.

Jo Cox Foundation — building a positive legacy for the late Jo Cox, MP, by making good connections.