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Just Start Talking

Remember that loneliness is not the same as being alone, and has nothing to do with how many people you see – it’s the quality of social contact that makes all the difference.


In 2019 JST were successful with an application for funding through The East Coseley Big Local. The new pilot project called Just Start Talking works to support lonely and isolated people within East Coseley.

This enables the community of East Coseley to have a supportive environment and start feeling better about the future and opportunities for participation within society. 

People from East Coseley have opportunities to be involved through volunteering with the project which will decrease loneliness and present great opportunities to meet people and cultivate new friendships and social interactions. 

The idea for creating a symbol of loneliness was the brainchild of Shona Gilsenan & Dave Roberts the JST community connector’s. The symbol is a pom pom which are made and scattered across the community to highlight the issue and give people a talking point. Dave and Shona recognise that they cannot simply reach every lonely or isolated person but the pom pom can. 

 Dave & Shona supports local people by helping them to access activities, coffee mornings, befriending, group sessions to give people some routine, support and increase their social circles. Activities from pom pom making, games and deaf awareness workshops are held at the Rainbow Centre, Rainbow Street, Coseley. JST is aware that in East Coseley isolation and loneliness is prevalent and works with partner agencies to help support this issue. Please check out the facebook page for more information and become involved:

 If you or anyone you know would like to find out more about the project and how we can help to support yourself, your family, friends or even you neighbour to help reduce loneliness and isolation please email call Dave and Shona on: 07726 210 092