More than a third of Brit’s feel lonelier than ever – but playing Scrabble is helping communities to reconnect

YOU'RE not alone in feeling lonley.

In fact loads of us feel more lonelier than ever before.

A poll of 2,00 adults found that 36 per cent of us feel lonelier since the lockdowns ended.

Not only that but half of Brits want to feel more connected to their local community.

And more than a third of us miss the comradery they felt during the pandemic.

After life began getting back to normal for most of us, 73 per cent say they now recognise a sense of community is important for their wellbeing.

As a result, loads of us started playing games with friends and relatives to feel more connected to them.

Scrabble, which commissioned the research, has created a pop-up in The Canvas, near Brick Lane, London, where they can meet other members of the community and play a game as an ice breaker.

The pop-up will run from National Scrabble Day on Wednesday 13th April through to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week on Sunday 15th May, which aims to raise awareness of loneliness.

Scrabble has also teamed up with The Cares Family, a charity who creates local community networks of young professionals and older neighbours to reduce loneliness and unite people.

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Kelly Philp, from Mattel UK, said: “Words can be a powerful tool to connect, uplift and bring about positive connections.

"This National Scrabble Day, we want to use the power of words to build connections and community.

"We are proud to partner with The Canvas and The Cares Family to be a force for good by encouraging new connections.”

Ruth Rogers, the founder of The Canvas, said: “Our ethos for The Canvas is to bring about positive change and create meaningful experiences for our community.

“We are delighted to host a Scrabble pop-up to invite people in who may struggle to make connections, and to bring people together.”

The survey also found the average adult has five face-to-face conversations with someone close to them each week.

But 28 per cent said there are days where they do not talk to another person at all.

Many people have taken up new hobbies and joined clubs to help combat the lonely feeling.

More than half said playing board games with someone has helped them feel more connected and less alone.

Johanna Brooks, head of communications at The Cares Family shared: “We aim to help people find connection and community in a disconnected age.

"The need for community is more apparent than ever, which is why we are excited to support this new way of bringing people together.”

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The Canvas x Scrabble pop-up will live at The Canvas, 42 Hanbury St London, E1 5JL between 13th April and 17th May 2022.

The Cares Family will also be hosting Scrabble Games Nights throughout May, after receiving boards to help build friendships within their communities.

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