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Webchat with Baroness Barran Tuesday 16th June at 4pm - add your questions here

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NatashaGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 12-Jun-20 16:22:03

We’re very pleased to announce that we are hosting a webchat with Baroness Barran MBE on Tuesday 16th June at 4pm, as part of National Loneliness Week.

Baroness Barran is the Minister for Civil Society and leads on the government’s work to reduce loneliness. Prior to entering government she was CEO of domestic abuse charity SafeLives, which she founded. She has also served as a trustee of Comic Relief, The Royal Foundation, and The Henry Smith Charity. The government's #LetsTalkLoneliness campaign aims to tackle the stigma of loneliness and help people find support. You can find out more about the campaign here and read the campaign's advice here.

Please do join us on the day at 4pm to chat live with Baroness Barran - or if you can't make it then, leave a question on this thread in advance.

grantothree Tue 16-Jun-20 16:54:10

Hello and thank you. What has been done to help those isolating/shielding who don’t have a suport network of family or friends already?

BaronessBarran Tue 16-Jun-20 16:55:05


We've always known about loneliness and people being isolated. Now is the time to take action. There are many people out there who were lonely before the virus now there are more. There will be many problems because of the situation we have it won't be solved easily or quickly there will be many repercussions.

Dear Hymnbook, I think it is easy to feel overwhelmed by an issue like loneliness. I try and start with what each one of us can do individually to make a difference. For example, write a letter, call a friend or offer to help in some way if that is a possibility.

BaronessBarran Tue 16-Jun-20 16:57:32


Hello and thank you. What has been done to help those isolating/shielding who don’t have a suport network of family or friends already?

Hello again grantothree, the government has been very focused on helping those who are shielding and have no support network. This has ranged from really practical stuff like delivering food or medicines but also the human side of providing volunteers to call for a 'check in and chat'. You may have seen the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme? this allows anyone to volunteer - and actually those who are shielding can also volunteer to do the 'check in and chat' role, so that they can help others in the same situation.

BaronessBarran Tue 16-Jun-20 16:59:17

I think we are nearly out of time now - it has been such a pleasure to 'talk' to all of you and thank you so much for your questions. I hope you all keep safe and well.

LaraGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 16-Jun-20 17:01:42

Thank you for spending time with us and answering so many questions. We're sure our users appreciated it. smile