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15/06/2023

Loneliness Awareness Week

In support of Loneliness Awareness Week, Antrim and Newtownabbey Loneliness Network are encouraging everyone to keep talking and keep connected.

On behalf of The Antrim and Newtownabbey Loneliness Network.

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In support of Loneliness Awareness Week, Antrim and Newtownabbey Loneliness Network are encouraging everyone to keep talking and keep connected.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Loneliness Network brings together the Council and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, alongside others in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

The Network aims to raise awareness of loneliness, share best practice and learning on ways to prevent and address loneliness, and encourage championing of tackling loneliness across the Borough. 

On Wednesday 14 June the Network recognised six members as Loneliness Champions at an event held in Corr’s Corner Hotel. The event also provided an opportunity for members to reflect on some of the key achievements throughout the past year including the launch of further chatty benches and the introduction of the connected cafe initiative across the Borough.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM commented, “I would like to congratulate the six new Loneliness Champions who will be able to provide friendly and invaluable support to those who are feeling lonely. I look forward to continue working with the Antrim and Newtownabbey Loneliness Network to promote the Chatty Benches and Chatty Café initiatives as we continue to tackle the issues of loneliness and isolation within our Borough together.”

To conclude and mark the end of Loneliness Awareness Week the Network is delighted that Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will be lighting up all three of the civic buildings blue on Saturday 17 June.  

For further information in relation to the Antrim and Newtownabbey Loneliness Network please email connectedanln@mail.com.