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The festive season can be a lonely time for many people

Let’s change that and make this one the season of belonging

You can help make this the season of belonging by making a donation or taking action. Because, we can all face the hardest of situations with some simple human kindness. You can help.

Take the time to meet those who live nearby. In an emergency, your neighbours can reach you more quickly than emergency services. Your community will also be able to provide the practical and emotional support you’ll need before and after an emergency.

Lots of community groups need volunteers to help people stay connected – whether that’s making a phone call or a visit, or driving someone to a social appointment. Check out our volunteer roles or find an organisation in your community.

Seen a new family at school or in your street? Got a new colleague at work? Reach out to say hello, make them feel welcome and suggest a way to catch up again soon. Everyone can really benefit from new friendships.

It might be someone elderly and living alone, it could be a young person going through a tough time. It might be someone at work who seems a little off their game. Making the effort to check they are ok can make a world of difference.

Around 30% of people who are lonely turn to social media for help. If someone in your timeline sounds like they need a listening ear or a virtual hug, go ahead and give it to them.

Make this the season of belonging

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If you are suffering with loneliness and feeling isolated, get in touch with Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.