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We’re people around Essex who are committed to tackling loneliness and isolation through acts of kindness.

Now, more than ever, isolation is affecting the people of Essex. The outbreak of coronavirus is forging physical barriers, but this doesn’t have to mean loneliness.

Together with hundreds of community, charity and voluntary groups around Essex, we’re building an online community of kindness. We’re helping people connect with friends, neighbours and strangers. We’re working together to help everyone overcome feelings of isolation.

Our social movement is inspiring people to be kind and support each other, even when we can’t be together in the same physical space. Together, we can combat the effects of coronavirus. Together, we can connect our community with kindness.

Our aims:

  1. Make sure everyone feels part of a community. Before coronavirus, more than one in four people said they are always or often lonely. As the virus continues to spread, this number is likely to be much higher.
  2. Inspire people to connect in new ways. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, half a million older people in the UK would go five or six days without seeing someone. Now, a lot more people will feel isolated for days or weeks at a time.
  3. Support and share our appreciation for workers in critical roles during the coronavirus outbreak. 8 out of 10 carers have felt lonely because of their caring role.

Start now. Do one kind thing a day. Even better, let’s do it together and create even stronger communities in the face of adversity.

Be inspired and share your kind stories with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

If you're not able to venture out for your usual dog walks, there are plenty of other ways to have fun with your furry friend. Here are some top tips from @RSPCA_official for keeping pets (and people!) happy while #socialdistancing: http://ow.ly/Tm1o50yZTyl #coronavirusuk

Morning all! We're pleased to say our second #VirtualTalk is happening on @zoom_us this Tuesday at 4pm. Download the app and come join us for supportive, non judgmental ears on anything you may be worried about #MentalHealthMatters #brossupportingbros #ItsOKToTalk

(1/2) @Essex_CC Appeal - Please do read the attached tweet and share please. If you can help we'd appreciate it! After reading, please message ppesupplies@essex.gov.uk with your PPE supply details including quantity and postcode, and a contact phone number and we will be in touch

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