BURTON Albion Community Trust has received funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund to run a new programme, which will tackle loneliness in Burton and the surrounding areas.

The funding, which has been distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, will allow BACT to reach out to anyone living alone or as part of a family who may be feeling anxious or lonely.

The new programme ‘BACT Connected’ will be aimed at anyone living alone and under 70, or as part of a family of any age who may be feeling the effects of the pandemic. Whether they are feeling isolated or lonely, BACT will use the power of volunteers and BACT staff to connect them to ways of getting back to their norm, whatever that may be.

Loneliness is something that can affect any one of us at any point in our lives, but this issue has become more prominent during the coronavirus pandemic. Not being able to see family, friends and loved ones during this time has left many people at risk of feeling lonely and isolated.

Here at BACT, we are in the process of recruiting individuals interested in making a difference to those who really need it as part of BACT Connected – by simply being there for anyone who has been struggling with isolation and loneliness.

By working closely with the National Lottery, BACT will strive to reach out to the people of Burton and the surrounding areas to as many people as possible. However, the number of people we can reach out to will depend on the number of volunteers we recruit.

Through this programme, we will strive to befriend individuals and families via:

  • Telephone support: Befriending calls, providing reassurance and companionship, practical advice and signposting.
  • Online networking: Facebook communities and online social gatherings such as coffee mornings and exercise.
  • Support by post: Reaching individuals who are not online.
  • Face to face conversations: Staff and volunteers having socially distanced conversations.
  • BACT may also provide other support depending on the needs of the individual/family

Befriending is entirely people led, and our volunteers will make a huge difference to so many people. We’re all human and can connect very easily, so our vision throughout this programme will be to make contact and change the mindset of those most vulnerable to loneliness – that there’s always someone there.

If this is something you would like to be involved and make a difference in, please fill in the below application form and we will be in touch (Please note volunteers must be 18+):

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=zomtMsfSKUejKjjIv3-J8866h4ZUk71Oi82Ipf2nWHBUMVM2VjVTMThOMUc3QzRQSEEyNENOVEJSUyQlQCN0PWcu

Finally, if you know of anyone who may be feeling isolated or lonely and could do with any kind of support, we are here to help. BACT are aiming to help anyone of any age who may benefit from support, from a friendly chat once a week to any other needs that will help them feel mentally and physically stronger. You can find our referral form here:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=zomtMsfSKUejKjjIv3-J8866h4ZUk71Oi82Ipf2nWHBUNjFBNFlINUlVSEtMTU9CWjRUQkg1UzZNVSQlQCN0PWcu

Please feel free to refer anyone you may be aware of that needs support, as they may need that helping hand for someone to get in touch with them, and you may be the person to make that happen.

For any other queries regarding BACT Connected, please do not hesitate to contact Amy.Lewis@burtonalbionct.org or ring the BACT office on 01283 246207