The Premier League has been outlining how clubs and club community organisations have been highlighting loneliness awareness week. Loneliness Awareness Week ran from 14 - 18 June. Hosted by Marmalade Trust, a charity that aims to find and support isolated people to reconnect with society and enjoy better lives, it's a campaign that raises awareness of loneliness and gets people talking about it.
The Premier League Primary Stars programme conducted a Get In Touch letter writing challenge. The challenge asks children to reach out to an older relative, friend or neighbour who may feel isolated or lonely by writing a letter. The idea is that sharing a story can help to make a positive difference to people of all ages.
The Premier League's Primary Stars scheme provides free, flexible and easy-to-use curriculum-linked teaching resources for schools. Using the power of football, the programme offers a host of free resources to teachers and pupils to encourage youngsters to learn, be active and develop important life skills such as discussing their emotions. A Connecting Generations letter writing pack, which is full of activity sheets and ideas, is one of many free resources available. See more here.
TV presenter Dan Walker helped to promote the challenge. He said: "The important thing is that you share a story that makes the person who reads that letter smile. The fact you've taken the time to do that will mean so much to them."