The kind place podcast
Listen to people talk about their experiences of loneliness, discover their coping strategies and join the conversation.
In this 6 episode podcast series, members of the public explore what it means to be lonely:
- how it feels
- how it can happen
- ways to get through it.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 5 people in the UK said they often or always feel lonely.
1 in 3 hadn't had a meaningful conversation in the last week.
Now, 38% of UK adults say loneliness negatively impacts their mental health.
Join the conversation
Hear from people around the country, and make new connections.
Send a text message to: 07593220510 with your name and number.
We'll keep your contact details confidential, and get in touch with you.
Episode 4: I find it hard to balance being me and being a mum
How loneliness can be felt in motherhood, and how volunteering can reduce feelings of isolation and loss of identity.
Also highlights people from different backgrounds, cultures and values sharing the same need to feel connected.
Hazel and Ifeoma share their experience of motherhood and loneliness, and how loneliness has now become an emotional barrier.
For them, it is not just physical separation any more, but a lack of connection to the outside world.
Use these questions to reflect on what you have heard:
- Do you know anyone who is experiencing motherhood for the first time? What support could you offer now?
- What new ideas have you heard that can help people cope with loneliness?
- How has volunteering helped Hazel and Ifeoma? What other coping strategies do they use?
- How can experiences connect us, even if our backgrounds are different?
- What might you do differently now you have listened to this podcast?
Episode 3: I was so desperate to meet people, I didn't want to tell anyone I was lonely
Trigger warning: this episode explores mental health issues and childhood trauma.
Tigest, a young female refugee from Eritrea, and Reb, a young woman from Northern Ireland with a long term illness, talk about their experiences of loneliness and how they cope.
Listen to the podcast, and think about their experiences.
- What do you feel are the main messages from this conversation?
- How do Tigest and Reb help themselves with feelings of loneliness?
- They say that their conversation has helped them. How has this podcast affected you?
Episode 2: Can you feel better when you've lost someone you love?
Trigger warning: this episode explores grief and loss.
Dreane lives alone in Worcestershire with her two dogs, and talks to Carol, who lives near Newcastle.
They share their experiences of dealing with grief and how losing a loved one has led to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Coping with loss is one of the most difficult things we face. There's no timetable for recovering, and it can make us feel very lonely.
Carol and Dreane formed a new friendship from discussing their feelings of loss in this podcast:
- How did listening to their stories make you feel?
- Is there anyone you know who has suffered from a loss? What can you do to help them?
- Can you discuss your feelings with someone if you are in a similar situation?
- Which ways of remembering your loved ones makes you feel happy?
How did sharing their memories help Carol and Dreane? How can you share yours?
This could be through conversation, in writing or by making a photo book. How might that make you feel?
Episode 1: Loneliness can also be felt when you're not alone
This episode explores purpose and belonging, and how you can feel alone even when surrounded by people.
Amtul, a refugee from India living in Bradford speaks to Ore, an MBA student from Nigeria living in Newcastle.
They discuss their experiences of isolation from living in a foreign country - and how volunteering has helped them connect.
How did listening to their conversation make you feel?
What new thoughts or feelings did it bring up for you?
Do particular times affect you more strongly, as Amtul described?
Is there anything you do to make yourself feel better during those difficult times?
- Who could you reach out to? They may be new in your community or seem isolated.
- What might you talk about together? How can you show empathy?
- How might talking make you feel?
Resources you may find useful
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- Pass on your knowledge and skills
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Get in touch
We would love to hear your stories, and they may inspire others.
How do you build confidence and meaningful connections in your life? Have you overcome feelings of loneliness?
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Coronavirus Support Line
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