Helping to combat loneliness

We all know the value of Sheds in helping to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation. In recognition of this ESN has been invited to collaborate with Essex County Council on a project with a view to reducng loneliness and isolation across the county.

As part of this we are looking for help from people who would be willing to speak to ECC appointed researchers Britain Thinks:

We’re looking for people to take part in a research project about loneliness…

 Do you sometimes feel lonely? Do you spend more time at home than you wouLonley manld like to? Do you feel you have few close connections with people?

 If your answer is yes to any of these questions, we may be interested in speaking to you for some important research commissioned by Essex County Council. Working with research agency, BritainThinks, Essex County Council is looking to speak to a limited number of people living in Essex who feel poorly connected with their community and/or family or friends to take part in a face-to-face interview.

The interview would last around 1.5 – 2 hours and take place either in your home or somewhere else you’d feel comfortable talking e.g. a nearby cafe. An experienced and friendly BritainThinks moderator would have an informal discussion with you about your life and experiences of living in Essex and you would receive £50 in cash as a thank you for your time.

 Interviews are taking place in the week commencing 26th November and the week commencing 3rd December. Your participation would be entirely confidential and anonymous – so Essex County Council will not know you have taken part in the research.

 If you would be interested in taking part, please get in touch with Katy at BritainThinks ( for more information about the research.”

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