Loneliness has never been so tangible as during the past year. But the theme of social exclusion, which often goes hand in hand with loneliness, has already been on AG’s radar for more than two decades. Even before the health crisis, as many as 46% of all Belgians sometimes or always feel lonely. For Belgians between 20 and 34 years of age, the number rises still further to 55%.
AG has launched numerous initiatives in the past, designed to combat loneliness & social exclusion: from financial and logistical support for associations, and support for the elderly, to a personalised recovery programme for workers suffering from burn-out and more.
The pandemic and enforced lockdown exacerbated mental health issues. AG responded by working alongside a number of aid organisations to launch ‘Allentegeneenzaamheid.be’. This web platform developed by AG matches volunteers with aid organisations looking for a helping hand or supplies. The site also has useful tips on how to step out of the vicious circle of loneliness and how you can help those around you struggling with loneliness issues.