There are several ways which we can combat this if loneliness begins affecting us.
We can join groups such as TAVASA , we can build up our contacts on Skype and other instant messaging systems, or – and it’s this third that I want to discuss in further detail – we can join community assistance organisations for the areas where we live such as the I Love Kensington Assocation
I didn’t join I Love Kensington for business purposes and that’s not why I’m a part of it now. I joined because I could see the area around me, where I live and where my children live, sinking – and I wanted to see what I could do to help. What I found was a band of dedicated, committed people crying out for voluntary help on projects that they were doing – a handful of people working to enrich the living area, and lives, of 5,000.
So I joined them – and I soon found that in between getting stuck into all of the wonderfully rewarding community projects that I Love Kensington are involved in, firm and fast friendships are formed between like minded people. I have been able to assist with the upliftment of our community by assisting newbie Virtual Assistants in our area, using and referring service providers that I would have had to call from miles away in the past … and I find it’s reciprocated, with two transcription jobs having come my way from this source in the last few months. Winner all round!