End Loneliness? Build Community!
If ‘how to end loneliness?’ is your question, community building is the answer.
Providing lonely people with services and programmes is not a substitute or an alternative. In fact not alone is it a poor proxy for community, it runs the risk of creating even more loneliness.
If a canary is dying in a coal mine; do you a) place a respirator on them, b) get them out of the mine, or c) stay there, but support them to radically change the conditions.
The first and second affords relief the last development.
Relief is short lived and in the long run often results in the opposite of what was intended. Ending loneliness is therefore contingent on building communities. And communities of place have a particularly critical contribution to make.
End loneliness? Build community!