David was struggling with a trauma and social isolation when he was put in touch with Together Co’s social prescribing services. Here, he was linked in with social activities in his area, including a photography course that he particularly enjoyed – and continues practising to this day. David speaks very passionately about the importance of tackling loneliness and social isolation.
I’d been through a trauma when I was referred to Together Co, as my doctor suggested they might be able to find me something to help me get through that.
In my first meeting, I filled out a few forms about my interests and was suggested to go on a photography course, which Together Co set up for me. It was a timely thing and definitely served me as a sort of therapy, as it allowed me to be creative and explore what I wanted to do.
It was so serendipitous, the window of opportunity was so significant and I wouldn’t have explored it otherwise. You can feel quite lonely even living in a community, and I was feeling quite lost – Together Co certainly nudged me in the right direction and my wellbeing improved immeasurably.
I’m feeling much more connected than I was now, and have even been selling my photography at local markets. I really feel that what Together Co do is so important, and an essential part of any community.
You can feel quite lonely even living in a community, and I was feeling quite lost.
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