“Oh Nala, what a bonny face you have“ so says Jean Purves who has Wag Team, Nala and Stephanie, visiting her every week at home in Newcastle. During the week when her family are working, Jean has carers to help out and she says she most looks forward to “her dog” on a Monday and the Lunch Club on a Tuesday. Wag’s mission is to make friendships like this happen all across our region because, as you can see, it really matters .. 🐶❤️🐶 #LonelinessAwarenessWeek#LetsTalkLoneliness#wearewag#prettyrottie
We wanted to say a big THANK-YOU for supporting the @marmalade_trust this week for #LonelinessAwarenessWeek - we have sold over 110 #connectioncake s - we hope that these little cakes were able to bring a bit of brightness to someone who is lonely... 🍊 and of course - many thanks to @fionamckail for the amazing artwork!
With enough lines, crevices & creases between us to give a pan-American roadmap a run for its money, I think it’s fair to say the telltale signs of sleepless nights, angst + worry that come with this #parenting shizzle are starting to show. Yet also hidden somewhere between the heavy-duty eyebags and the maze-like mass of wrinkles on display here are what I like to think of as deeply-seated and well-spent laughter lines: mementos of the fun times, the fab times and the sublimely silly times – memories which, much like the facial indentations that portray them, will be forever etched into our cosmetic and psychological makeup. The memories in question are the invaluable by-products of the countless kicks and giggles we’ve been fortunate enough to share with family members and friends from all corners of the globe – and it’s these #relationships and human connections that have helped us to survive, and, dare I say it, thrive. It’s been a busy old month, what with Father’s Day, two family birthdays, visits from the in-laws and the bearded one now preparing to pack his bags for a ten-day work trip (Lord help me), but the overarching theme amongst the madness has been one of #community , support, #friendship and #kindness from our nearest and dearest. Fresh-faced, dewy-skinned Instagram-worthy models we certainly are not, but beneath the creased, cracked & probably a bit crooked surface of this rather haggard-looking duo is a whole lot of love for all the fab people in our lives. For anyone else trying to no longer give two hoots about the impending wrinkles and focus more on the important stuff in life – togetherness, support networks, #mentalhealth and #wellbeing – I’d encourage you to check out the latest from the brilliant @marmalade_trust, who’ve been leading the way this week in the fight against #loneliness , as part of the UK’s #LonelinessAwarenessWeek . With bags of ideas, tips & tricks on how to engage with those in your local community who might be feeling a bit isolated or lonely for all number of reasons, I guarantee you’ll come away feeling inspired + raring to get out there and make a difference. Why not give it a whirl? Pic by the brilliant Stephen Lead
Loneliness Awareness Week
Loneliness is a real issue for parents. You can go from being in the work place with a busy social life to being at home with this tiny human, who is entirely reliant on you. And everyone else seems to cope so much better. Add in sleep deprivation and all those hormones and the parenthood can be a lonely place. When I had my first baby we'd just moved from to a new town, which I knew we weren't planning on staying in. I felt like I knew no one and all the mums from antenatal classes were living it up in the city centre with their babies who slept all night and followed a routine. Then I went to Bookbugs where I met a wonderful mum who's peedie boy was 3 weeks older than my daughter. It didn't take long for us to establish that we were both feeling pretty similar and that how we were feeling was normal! When we moved again a few months later I felt more confident in chatting to other mums. Bookbugs was again my first stop when I moved to Kirkwall. Thanks to the kindness of a couple of awesome mums along the way I've gone from being shy, lonely and frankly terrified to loving parenthood (most of the time) and having the most wonderful circle of friends. This isn't meant to be an advert but if it hadn't been for Bookbugs, PEEP group, Sing & Sign, Boob Club and Peedie Puffins I don't know how I'd cope. The first step is scary but please know you're not the only one feeling how you're feeling. Go to a group, smile at someone else, talk about how you're feeling and lets tackle loneliness together.
This week I'm supporting #lonelinessawarenessweek and @marmalade_trust.
This image is from #bristolcookbookclub and this group of food lovers have been a great way of me to express my love of food but also meet new people and meet some people in person who I've met in these squares.
New friendships and a natter over food can be amazing tonic to crippling loneliness.
Thank you for my little gift @amyweale Such an important issue. It's no longer just old people who are lonely. We've created a whole new generation of people who feel isolated and lonely, despite us being more connected than ever through technology, it's not the same as the real thing. Social media polarises people's lives too much. It's healthy to spend time by yourself but a feeling of isolation is not. #lonelinessawarenessweek#yourenotalone#letstalkloneliness#modernday @marmalade_trust