We have been able to help these isolated/lonely people find friends, communicate and feel less lonely during the lockdown times. During our zoom sessions, participants who wanted to keep contact with others were encouraged to exchange contact numbers and call each after the sessions. Most of our beneficiaries were from black and minority communities however, we accepted and encouraged all those were willing to join our online community of friends to do so.
We had developed this new project to fight the isolation and loneliness that the COVID 19 Pandemic and numerous lockdowns had forced on people. According to research, many people have experienced mental issues because of their inability to interact with others. By using the power of the internet and phone calls, we were able to reduce those avoidable problems through our project.
Each of our zoom sessions had brought at least 60 people to talk, laugh, connect and share stories with each other as well play quiz which they really enjoyed. We were able to help people built new relationships and created new friends who they may never have met otherwise. By carrying out this project, and helping people to build relationships in and across communities, we ultimately helped reduced isolation and loneliness.
According to one of the volunteers “by taking part in this project, I can confirm it has been a healthy boast of my self-esteem and has giving me a real-life satisfaction and natural sense of achievement”. “thank you Bisong Foundation for giving me the chance to try something new, meet people, be part of the community, learn new skills, make a difference, have fun and take on a new challenge giving that this was a new project” says another volunteer.
We are grateful to the Government funding and The National Lottery Community Fund for making this possible.
By William Nzognou
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