Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Prevent Loneliness

WTCF continue to prevent Loneliness throughout Pandemic

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation is proud to announce we have launched the ‘Connect Again’ project, as we continue to combat loneliness throughout the Pandemic.

Fresh off the back of the unprecedented success of the ‘Reach’ programme, we are delighted to have partnered with Community Foundation Wakefield District to continue the project under the new name.

Using three key areas (Empower, Engage and Exercise), staff members of the Foundation will use pre-existing training techniques to offer the correct support in a bid to combat social isolation and loneliness.

The importance of opening up and talking has never been more prevalent and using their free-time, ‘wellbeing calls’ will be made to members of the club to offer a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.

Following this, the Foundation will host a series of hour-long Zoom calls with one of Wakefield Trinity’s first-team professionals, offering members the opportunity to ask three questions to a designated player.

Both of these sessions will be rounded with two, 30-minute virtual exercise sessions, hosted by our Health & Wellbeing Manager, and backed by Sport England’s ‘Join the Movement’ campaign.

Offering this sort of programme has brought an external connection to the club and Foundation in a time where this may have been lacking somewhat.

Speaking to the Foundation on his experience of taking part in the project so far, ‘Reach’ participant and Wakefield Trinity member, Gary Drybala, stated, “Through this project, I have had the chance to interact with both players and coaches alike, something that has been both instructive and enjoyable.

“It has helped me maintain the connection I feel to the club, especially as I haven’t had the opportunity to visit the city of Wakefield, at all, since early December.

“I must say that I enjoyed sharing the sessions with fellow-supporters and indeed benefitting from their experience and knowledge, through their questions and recollections.”

While, Steve Hargrave, followed, “I really appreciate being part of the recent Wednesday Zoom calls with some of the players.

“Without exception, they have been a credit to themselves and the club and what a great initiative it has been.”

As a Foundation, we are delighted to be able to bring these sorts of sessions to the community and support our members through what has been a very difficult year.

Recordings from the sessions are uploaded every Saturday at 12pm on the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation YouTube channel.

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