The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation are excited to announce that they are presenting the Reach project, aiming to support loneliness in the Wakefield district.
For the many, Christmas and the New Year will look slightly different in 2020, with the ability to see family and friends made that little bit harder due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the first full lockdown came into force in March, according to the office for national statistics, 5% of the UK admitted that they had felt lonely, while 30% said that their well-being had being affected in some way.
However, as we embark on the cold, wet, winter months, the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation wants to make time for those struggling.
Following from then success of the Connect programme – which ran earlier this year – the club and foundation are going to be par-taking in the Reach project, offering phone and Zoom calls to combat loneliness over December and January.
This may include a call from either a member or staff or player, while some lucky participants will be getting a virtual Q&A with one member of the first team and is a way of reaching out to the older members of the district to make sure that everyone has someone to talk to.
Head of the Foundation, Craig Shepherd, believes that it is important to reach out at this time of year and is valued by both the participants and staff.
“Something people might not know is that, during the first lockdown, when myself and our staff reached out, we actually got as much out of it as the participants,” Shepherd explained.
“We were able to make some new friends as well as finding out a little bit more about the people in our community.
“We don’t do it to sell more season tickets, we do it because we care.”
During the connect project, members of the community were greeted by a wide variety of calls, both video and phone, from past players to current players to current coaches.
If anyone knows of anyone who didn’t get a call during the first lockdown and the club currently don’t have their contact details, please send an email to [email protected] and we will try our best to sort something out.
Here at the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation, we don’t want any of our community feeling like they have no one to talk to, which is why we are always here to offer support.