Wakefield Trinity centre, Reece Lyne, admits that he is “proud” to be part of the Community Foundation’s ‘Reach’ project, aiming to combat loneliness in the Wakefield district.
Following on the from the ‘Connect’ project we ran throughout the first Lockdown last Summer, older and more vulnerable members pre-contacted by the Foundation will have the chance to speak to a member of Trinity’s first-team squad.
This will offer some of the members who struggle to receive any day-to-day contact the opportunity to talk to some of their favourite first-team players and interact with similar members alike
The project will run for a preliminary eight weeks, depending on government guidance and will start at 5pm every Wednesday for the members contacted.
Lyne, who has been a bit ambassador of the Community Foundation’s work in the past, is extremely delighted to be able to give something back, especially in the current climate.
“I am really proud to be a part of it and being involved in it for the community and the fans,” Lyne explained.
“They put a great deal into the club and the players, so anytime we can give back is great.
“Obviously, within the current lockdown, many people struggling to get out house and see family, so, hopefully, we can put a smile on some of our member’s faces.”
Throughout what is the third Lockdown in just under a year, stats are showing that the current pandemic is having a wearing effect on many people’s mental health.
In a bid to combat this, Reece was pleased to be able to offer some of the older generation of the Trinity fanbase his time.
“A lot of people might not be able to get support and connecting with family and friends throughout times like these is extremely difficult,” he explained.
“To a lot of the older members, sport and Rugby League is their main pastime, so if they can’t get out to watch Trinity, I think it is important to do all we can to keep the fans engaged and their spirits high.”
For many, 2020 leading into 2021 has been difficult and for much of our older and more vulnerable members, they are pining for lost time.
Having faced some difficult moments in his career, Lyne admits that talking and facing a problem head-on is important and urges anyone who is struggling to follow a similar path.
“I think it has been pushed a lot of the past three to four years about how important it is to talk,” Lyne explained.
Having someone to speak too can release that burden and take the weight off your shoulders. People are always around to help, so if anyone is struggling, I urge them not to keep things bottled up.
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The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation is proud to be able to deliver projects like this, projects which have a positive effect on our community.
We will be continuing with the ‘Reach’ phone calls for the foreseeable, with opportunities arising for the members contacted to take part in Wednesday’s Zoom Q&As over the next eight weeks.