"We can all do something about loneliness"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a volunteer/advocate),

I gave a talk to about 30 Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (Occupational Therapists etc) about fighting loneliness with the slogan and request to 'Speak to someone new today'.

One of them took this to heart and smiled and spoke to an oldish lady he met in the street one day. She ignored him. A few days later he met her again and she stopped him and said 'The other day you spoke to me. Thank you, it made my day, you were the only person that spoke to me that day'.

There are so many lonely people, please help. I have set up an e-mail address speaktosomeonenewtoday@gmail.com to gather more feedback stories. Some of those uncaring nurses that we hear about may speak to a lonely person, sometimes perhaps a patient!

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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

'Speak to someone new today' is a really interesting concept. Simple and effective.

We rush about in our daily lives and sometimes forget that some people are lonely and isolated with dwindling social networks. This is felt more acutely as people age. The art of face to face conversation is something we should be preserving at all costs.

I hope you will post again to share some of the stories you receive on your e-mail address:


Thank you for sharing this story