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The National Lottery Community Fund invites you to their event

Lock down loneliness and the voluntary and charity sector’s response

About this event

Join the National Lottery Community Fund and a panel of speakers on Tuesday 17 November from 9.30 – 11.00 to discuss the impact lockdown has had on loneliness and how the voluntary and community sector responded to it. We will be sharing learning and ways of working learnt from communities in the first lockdown, to help communities as we continue and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sophy Proctor, Head of Funding at The National Lottery Community Fund, will chair the conversation and facilitate a Q&A so you can put your questions directly to our panel. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen loneliness affect communities in different ways, with those who would not ordinarily be at risk of prolonged loneliness experiencing it during lockdown. With each of the countries of the UK having some sort of national lockdown, it is important we share our learning and discuss how the sector can continue to play a vital role in reaching and supporting our communities.

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    Jane Lees CEO @ Communityworks

    CEO at Communityworks; instrumental in establishing the organisation in 2004. We are a thriving community project that works to support our local very diverse community in inner city Bradford; working across the age range & normally supporting 300+ people weekly. We believe that people are never too hard to reach.

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    Ewan Davison Knowledge and Learning Manager @ The National Lottery Community Fund

    Ewan has been helping to share insights from our grantholder’s response to Covid-19 as well as on loneliness, social prescribing, and co-production. He has previously worked across a range of roles including managing evaluation and support contracts, delivering programmes and supporting grant holders.

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    Robin Hewings Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research @ The Campaign to End Loneliness

    Robin is the Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research at the Campaign to End Loneliness. He leads a team driving action on loneliness through research, convening and influencing. He chaired the advisory group – and helped to write – the Campaign’s recent report ‘The Psychology of Loneliness’.

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    Sophy Proctor Head of Funding @ The National Lottery Community Fund

    Sophy is currently the Head of Funding for the Ageing Better Programme. A a six-year, £78 million investment to improve the lives of people aged over 50 by addressing social isolation and loneliness within local communities.

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    Amy Holland Director @ Single Parent Wellbeing

    Amy is a single mum of 2 and Director & Development Lead for Single Parents Wellbeing; a peer lead, compassionate & positive approach to being a single parent. Amy has led on pivoting SPW to mainly focus online & has used its innovative approach to tackle isolation & loneliness for single parents.

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    Kevin Stoodley CEO @ North East Young Lads and Dads

    Kevin founded NEYDL in 2017 following a 2-year pilot project supporting teenage dads in Gateshead on behalf of a local young women’s charity. Four years on and NEYDL has now worked with over 200 young men facing fatherhood in Tyne and Wear.

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK – and is proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion.