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Healthwatch Gloucestershire is investigating what social isolation and loneliness mean to people living in Gloucestershire.  They want to hear from local people about their experiences and views, including what makes a difference and what more could be done to help.

People’s experiences will be recorded and analysed to help build a better understanding of social isolation and loneliness in Gloucestershire, and to identify the types of health and wellbeing services that make a positive difference.

Healthwatch Gloucestershire will report on its findings and recommendations to help Gloucestershire’s Integrated Care System develop effective ways to tackle social isolation in communities across the county.

If you feel socially isolated or lonely, or you know someone who does, it’s easy to share your story, and your feedback can be anonymous.

  • Complete a short online survey by Wednesday 21 April: smartsurvey.co.uk/s/hwg-letstalk/
  • Talk to us about your experiences on the phone: 01425 209448 or Freephone 0800 652 5193.
  • Capture your creative response to the theme of social isolation and loneliness (on camera, text or audio) and email it to natalie.hind@healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk.
    (Your work could be included on a Healthwatch Gloucestershire compilation video and you could win £100 in vouchers – contact Healthwatch Gloucestershire for full Terms and Conditions.)

Helen Webb, Healthwatch Gloucestershire Manager explained why they are carrying out this project: “We know from our previous work that social isolation is as an issue for many people in our local communities, and this has been intensified because of Covid-19.  We also know that tackling social isolation is a priority for Gloucestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board and the NHS as they work to increase links between local health services and communities.

“This project will build a better understanding of what social isolation and loneliness mean for people living in Gloucestershire, particularly in the context of Covid-19.  And, most importantly, it will help our health and care services learn from local people about how to provide the support they need and effectively tackle social isolation.”

Find out more about this project and how to get involved: healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk/project/social-isolation-and-loneliness/