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EFL Tackling Loneliness Together

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the EFL, through its charitable arm, the EFL Trust, launched the ‘Tackling Loneliness Together’ project. This enabled its clubs to play an important and unique role in supporting their local communities when issues associated with loneliness were put into sharp focus. Elderly and vulnerable people were told to ‘shield’ putting them at risk of becoming isolated and suffering the effects of deteriorating mental health.


The project was designed to deliver across four main areas:

  • Socially distanced face-to-face visits
  • Welfare and befriending telephone calls
  • Information, support and befriending by post
  • Virtual sessions via online platforms


Results of the project included:

  • Over 33,000 people were reached
  • Over 75% of participants were aged 65+
  • Over 120,000 phone calls made
  • Food parcels and prescriptions were delivered
  • Regular conversations held at garden gates
  • Quizzes and coffee mornings moved online
  • IT equipment loaned out to those facing technology poverty and IT clinics delivered to break down barriers and help people keep in touch with loved ones


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Across the EFL network, Clubs delivered a variety of innovative local approaches to support their communities and tackle loneliness, including:

  • Cookery lessons via Zoom for widowed men in Derby
  • Afternoon tea parcels delivered to doorsteps in Stevenage
  • Online walking tours in Blackpool
  • Online book clubs in Middlesbrough
  • Happy birthday calls from West Bromwich Albion
  • Tablets pre-loaded with software enabling supporters to watch EFL fixtures in Northampton
  • Online seated exercise sessions in Crawley
  • Christmas dinner deliveries in Stoke


Data collected from a survey of Tackling Loneliness Together participants revealed:

  • People felt less anxious, less lonely and happier about life as a result of the programme
  • Average life satisfaction score increased from 6.47 to 6.84
  • Feelings of being worthwhile increased from 6.89 to 7.20.
  • Feelings of happiness increased from 6.50 to 6.87
  • Feelings of anxiety decreased from 3.82 to 3.61.


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