2013 sees new beginnings for Community Network. This January I started in post as Chief Executive of the charity. I am also very pleased to be writing the first blog post for our new website showcasing our social inclusion work.
People are often asked why they decided to work where they do. For me it’s simple.
Loneliness and social isolation can put an incredible strain on our physical and mental wellbeing. It is claimed that it is as bad for health as smoking. It is widespread and can affect any of us at any time in our lives.
In my first few weeks with Community Network I have seen just how the dedicated team of staff and volunteers connect up socially isolated people through telephone friendship groups. Most importantly I have seen the difference that makes to their lives.
I was particularly touched by a video featuring a telephone music group we ran in partnership with Participle in which an older, housebound gentleman was able to reconnect with people in the wider community.
Community Network steps in to bring socially isolated people together, reduce feelings of loneliness and improve wellbeing. That’s why I was delighted to take up my role as Chief Executive and to continue to build on the vital work of this fantastic charity.