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The fight to end loneliness

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TransPennine Express (TPE) has partnered with the Campaign to End Loneliness and is taking steps to inform customers, colleagues and people who live in and around the places they serve about support services and tips to help tackle loneliness.

Partnership Marketing Manager for TransPennine Express, Lisa Hewitt said: “Loneliness affects so many people in the UK and we share the vision of the Campaign to End Loneliness that everyone can live a life free from chronic loneliness.”

There are more than 9 million people who suffer from loneliness in the UK and this figure has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as people have struggled to see family and friends. Now the train company is aiming to be part of the solution and to help bring people together.

Robin Hewings, Programme Director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, said: “Tackling loneliness by helping people to build social connections is important. Loneliness can be felt by people of all ages and backgrounds and can really impact on your quality of life.

“We are delighted to be working with TransPennine Express in raising awareness across their network of how people can support each other in building their social connections after Covid-19.”

TPE will be taking on the Campaign to End Loneliness employer’s pledge, setting up pathways and signage for colleagues to access support and training resources will be made available so colleagues can recognise if someone may be experiencing loneliness.

In addition, the train company will be conducting an employee survey to measure loneliness amongst colleagues as it recognises that some of the workforce may have experienced loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As well as looking out for their own colleagues, TPE will also be taking steps to raise awareness of the issue to its customers.