Today the All Together Now! Roadshow reached the Vale of Glamorgan with a live music event at King’s Square, Barry. The event was attended by Jane Hutt AM.
Speaking about the need to combat loneliness and isolation, carer Pete said: “Sometimes it can seem the hardest thing to do, but number one tip is to keep talking. Sharing your thoughts helps put them in to perspective; you’re never as lonely or as isolated as you may think.
“My advice is to make nice plans for yourself, even if they are small like going for coffee with a friend or saving some money to treat yourself. It’s good to have things to look forward to.”
Talking about the importance of music, Pete added: “Music can help overcome loneliness and isolation in lots of ways. Music brings people together: if you’re feeling lonely then what better way to help that by going to a concert and experiencing the music you love in a space full of people all there for the same reason.
“Playing an instrument can also help with loneliness and isolation: if you learn to play an instrument or join a group it’ll bring you together with people who share the same love of music.”
- Pink Floyd – Learning to Fly
- Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
- Kings of Convenience – I’d Rather Dance With You
Key social life links for the Vale of Glamorgan
– Things to do in the Vale: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attractions-g186468-Activities-Vale_of_Glamorgan_South_Wales_Wales.html
– Leisure and outdoor activities: http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/enjoying/leisure_and_activities/leisure_and_activities.aspx
– Adult learning opportunities in the Vale: http://www.cavc.ac.uk/en/
– Hafal VOG: http://www.hafal.org/in-your-area/vale-of-glamorgan/
About All Together Now!
Run by service users and carers and supported by Hafal, Bipolar UK, the Mental Health Foundation and Diverse Cymru, the All Together Now! roadshow is travelling across Wales with music festivals and events taking place in each of the 22 counties. On the journey we will reach out to thousands of people across Wales affected by mental illness – both in rural and urban areas – and give them the opportunity to enhance their social lives and overcome loneliness and isolation. FIND OUT MORE
Jane Hutt AM (centre) with Hafal’s Sophie and Sam
L-R: Sian Morgan (carers support officer), Clair Oliver (team administrator), James Livingstone (carer development officer, Vale) with Hafal’s Sophie Hirst