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
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.
Leaders Week London/ / 5-7 October 2021
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