Determined to demonstrate the power of connection Team Together Co are taking on their first Half Marathon!
15 fabulous supporters, volunteers and staff are training to complete 13 miles on Sunday 23rd February 2020 to raise awareness and vital funds to support services that connect people to change lives.
Why are we running to raise money for Together Co?
36,000 people in our city are always or often lonely. Loneliness and social isolation are deadly - a lack of social connections has been shown to be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Together Co is the only dedicated loneliness charity in our city operating the largest one-to-one befriending service in the UK. We also work with GP surgeries across Brighton and Hove to offer social prescribing to help people facing huge challenges to find places and people they need to feel happier and healthier.
Together Co services are uniquely powered by over 400 incredible volunteers who give their time every week to help someone who otherwise would be chronically lonely. Last year, this amounted to more than 14,000 hours with over 1,000 people receiving help.
Demand for these services is increasing in our city and Together Co needs more fantastic fundraisers to enable them to reach more people in need. This has never been more important in an increasingly financially challenging environment.
Any contribution is greatly appreciated - every pound helps:
Just £10 could fund the travel cost of volunteers to visit someone experiencing isolation.
£25 could pay for a volunteer to get vital training so they can best support the person they visit.
£50 could pay for a worker to carry out a home assessment of an isolated person to assess their needs.
Collectively you can help us to reach our £10,000 target so we could:
train 20 social prescribing volunteers so that they can support vulnerable people to access support and make changes in their life, plus:
host 10 local befriending groups for isolated people across the city who find it hard to leave the house, plus:
fund a Befriending Coordinator post for three months to help match and support hundreds of isolated people.
In a city of nearly 300,000, no one should be lonely or socially isolated. Together, with your support, we can make sure no-one is!