On Sunday 16 February, Executive Director, Kate Shurety of Campaign to End Loneliness, travelled across London in the middle of Storm Dennis to speak and take part in a unique community event. The Aga Khan Social Welfare Board 2020 Convention called ‘Listening for Loneliness’. In this blog she shares what she learnt from the experience.
I arrived from the downpour into the beautiful calm of the Ismaili centre in South Kensington as delegates for the Convention were arriving.
Around 100 people from across the Ismaili Muslim community had come from all over the UK to take part in the day. The programme consisted of a series of very active talks and open, often personal, discussions about loneliness including: what it is, and how to recognise it in oneself or in others. We also discussed how to take action to create meaningful connections as a community.