Shrewsbury’s The Hive has received thousands of pounds from the National Lottery Community Fund and their work was celebrated this Loneliness Awareness Week, June 14-18.
The Hive’s MYC Music project in Shrewsbury is just one of many local groups that have stepped up to help people who feel isolated during this difficult time. He has received over £ 15,000 in funding from the National Lottery to support his songwriting and music creation workshops.
It is one of 293 projects in the West Midlands that have received a share of more than £ 16million in national lottery funding since the start of the pandemic to tackle the issue of loneliness and isolation.
Jack Morris, 23, is just one of many artists on The Hive’s MYC Music project who appreciated the lifeline offered by the Hive and used it as a chance to make new friends.
He said: “Music has been a lifeline for me throughout the pandemic. I isolated myself during confinement and it really had a ripple effect on my self-esteem and confidence. I started to struggle, and that’s when I decided to become a member of MYC Music.
“I participate in the weekly Zoom sessions where we focus on songwriting and group jamming. It really helped me become myself and make new friends too. Music is a big part of my life, and MYC Music has helped me channel my energy into it.
Sal Hampson, Head of Programs and Projects at The Hive, said: “Thanks to the National Lottery players, we were able to support the young adults in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin who really struggled with loneliness last year. . We bring our participants together twice a week in a virtual ‘jamming session’ and this would not have been possible without the help of the National Lottery Community Fund.
“To show how precious the MYC Music project has been to them, our artists wrote and produced an inspiring song, called ‘Time Capsule’, which perfectly sums up what MYC Music has meant to everyone, especially this last one. year.”
Loneliness has been a big concern throughout the pandemic and National Lottery research has indicated that the number of people in the UK feeling ‘often’ or ‘always’ lonely has jumped by more than one million since then. last year – from 2.6 million to 3.7 million.
Nicola Thurbon, National Lottery Community Fund, said: “As we continue to feel the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, tackling the stigma of loneliness and making it possible to ask for help remains more important than ever. .
“Loneliness affects people of all ages and walks of life, and we know that because of the lockdown, many people are experiencing isolation for the very first time. This is why it is so important that local groups continue to receive the funding they need to help people connect, reduce feelings of isolation, and help their local communities come together. “