Loneliness put in the frame

One of the photographs that will feature in the 'Loneliness Through A Lens' exhibition. Picture: Peter Howarth.
One of the photographs that will feature in the 'Loneliness Through A Lens' exhibition. Picture: Peter Howarth.
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A Leeds charity is to hold a photography exhibition to highlight the issue of loneliness.

Time to Shine, a programme managed by the charity Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF), will launch the display called ‘Loneliness Through A Lens’ in the community corridor at Leeds City Museum.

It is hoped that the body of work will spark conversations around why people feel lonely, what can be done about it and what support is available.

Hanna Wilcock, learning facilitator for Time to Shine, said: “The people in these photos have all experienced loneliness and some of their stories are heartbreaking.

“We want to show that loneliness can happen to anyone and reduce the stigma attached to it.”

The collection of photographs and stories that will be on show features three different groups of older people from across the city.

The display will be launched on September 27 and runs until the beginning of January.

Time to Shine is a programme, led by older people, that aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation in people over the age of 50. It works in partnership to deliver activities, training and campaigns across Leeds that celebrate and promote positive ageing.

Time to Shine is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme.

Leeds is one of 14 Ageing Better areas in England. LOPF secured £6 million from the Big Lottery Fund to reach more than 15,000 older people in the city by 2021.

Anyone who has questions about ‘Loneliness Through A Lens’ or who would like to attend the launch event is asked to email Hanna Wilcock on hanna@opform.org.uk or call her on 01132 441 697.

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