Why Bill signed up to a Samarathon at 85

Bill Barton is a Samaritans supporter from Reigate, Surrey. The Samaritans provides free confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24/7, for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. At the age of 85, Bill decided to sign up to a ‘Samarathon’ to raise money for the Samaritans, and motivate himRead more

Rambling together – why we should all Walk and Talk more

Tanne Spielman is acting head of engagement at The Ramblers. The Ramblers is a charity whose goal is to protect the ability of people to enjoy the sense of freedom and benefits that come from being outdoors on foot. Find out how they’re encouraging people to Be More Us by Walking and Talking. “How areRead more

Walk and Talk

Going for a walk is good for your head. And your heart. It’s also a great way to get out into nature, meet new people, and get to know your community. According to our recent polling, three in four UK adults say they feel there is less of a sense of community where they liveRead more

How Jackie created her own community in Sunderland

Jackie Nixon, originally from Manchester, moved to Roker in Sunderland six years ago. After her daughter moved out, and with her husband working shifts, she was on her own a lot. She wanted to feel more of a part of the community realised she didn’t know that many people locally. When Jackie found out aboutRead more

How a ‘Banter Bench’ is connecting communities in Skegness

The Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness is a small seaside centre with a huge footfall of around 4.2 million visitors per year. When Manager, Steve Andrews, realised that many people were visiting Shopping Centre alone, he saw an opportunity to encourage more meaningful connections in his community, and help tackle loneliness. Out of season SkegnessRead more

What’s Reading Got To Do With It?

Reading Friends is a UK-wide programme brought to you by The Reading Agency, and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. They know that books can be a great way to make meaningful connections with others. So Put Down Your Phone and join your local Reading Friends. You never know who you might meet! StepRead more

Put Down Your Phone

Phones have changed our lives. They help us keep in touch with friends and family. They give us our news, help us check the weather and give us directions. And we can watch cat videos. Whenever, and wherever we want. It’s a great way to pass the time, right? But could that time be betterRead more