Much has been said about loneliness recently: a national ‘epidemic’ that it doesn’t just affect the isolated.  Young and old, rich and poor, successful or famous alike can be affected by this debilitating sensation of not mattering where it matters.

As a society, we ought to be able to include everyone in meaningful activity, to stop for a chat in the supermarket or notice if our colleague is a little down in the dumps.

We run lots of activities which are designed, obviously or in a gentle way, to be a part of combating loneliness and social isolation in our corner of the world.

If you want an interesting and easy way to meet new people, Meet Me at the Maltings is a group on Thursdays with a different arts or craft focus each week; throughout October 2017 Meet Me at Quilt will be free of charge and open to everyone, in the foyer of the Maltings. (Thursdays in October, 10.30am – 12.30pm).

Recently BBC Radio 2 had a series of programmes for Loneliness Week with some fantastic insights from a range of people.

In Autumn 2016, we collaborated with the Maltings Cine Club for a season of brilliant and life affirming films Including Cine Club: WrinklesNotes on Blindness, Anomalisa and Lars and the Real Girl.

If you’re ever unsure of how to come to an event or activity at the Maltings then please get in touch with Box Office (01252 745444), or Christine Lee the Arts & Health project manager (01252 745471,