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10 Feb

‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’: YCF backs mission

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) – the official charity and community arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club – is aiming to equip members of the community to help lift someone out of loneliness.

The Foundation is offering a number of free online mental health courses for members of the community to sign up.

The move is to highlight the latest phase in an NHS and Government health and wellbeing campaign aimed at tackling loneliness.

As part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters campaign, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are encouraging people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by taking a simple action to help someone who may be feeling lonely.

The YCF are supporting this campaign – running until 13 March, 2022 – by encouraging people to sign up for the charity organisation’s #Howstha? campaign, with a number of valuable tools provided to help people aid others.

Beth Cook, the Health & Wellbeing Manager, for YCF, said: “At the Foundation we are dedicated to increasing awareness of social issues that affect individuals social and mental wellbeing.”

The campaign, originally launched last year, is centred around a series of online mental health courses aimed at individuals wishing to develop their knowledge in counselling, suicide awareness and awareness of mental health problems.

The courses, which are run in partnership with The Skills Network, are available to study for free for individuals who are over the age of 19 and not currently in education.

Courses include:

•Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
• Level 2 Certificate in Self-harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention
• Level 2 Certificate In Counselling Skills

Upon course completion, learners will gain a nationally recognised qualification which is equivalent to GCSE level.

To find out more about the #Howstha campaign please click here.

The vital campaign is just one of the initiatives YCF is running to help tackle loneliness, with the Foundation providing a number of opportunities including through our:

*Award-winning Volunteer programme*

*Innovative Walking Cricket sessions*

*Vital Reminiscence programme*

Beth added: “We offer many opportunities to volunteer, to participate in casual cricket and reminiscence projects with the aim being to bring people together.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to look out for others and that’s why we want to support the Lift Someone Out of Loneliness campaign.”

Pictured, members of the community take part in a Walking Cricket Session run by YCF at the Headingley Indoor Cricket Centre.

Lift Someone Out of Loneliness extra resources

Feeling lonely is something that all of us can experience at any point and it can have a huge impact on our wellbeing.

It’s important to remember that these feelings can pass and that there are lots of ways we can help each other too.

Fancy a cuppa? Fancy a walk? Sometimes reaching out to each other with as little as three words can make a big difference.

As part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters campaign, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are encouraging people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by taking a simple action to help someone who may be feeling lonely. If we do this regularly, we can all help to lift each other up.

Video: Lift Someone Out of Loneliness

Find out how you can help to lift someone out of loneliness

If you would like to support this campaign you can download campaign resources

And stay tuned to Foundation social media channels for the latest content.

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