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BESS volunteer Jason Rowlands talks about loneliness and isolation:


The repetitive sound of a ticking clock…..

tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..

He stares through the window and feels ‘Ad Hoc’…..

tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..

The Postman came and went again…..

tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..

He remembers the time when he saw ‘Big Ben’…..

tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..

The same routine and no one to see…..

tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..

Is it time for change? and could it be me?

tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..

A new sound to hear?, could it be folk?

tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..

A place of peace, a feeling of hope?

tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..


It’s the voice of the man who sold him that ‘damn’ clock……

tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..tick tock…..

The truth is that social isolation can happen to anybody at any time.  Not just the man with the ‘ticking clock’, social isolation does not discriminate.  It can effect a Grandfather, Grandmother, Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Daughter, Son, Niece, Nephew, Aunt, Uncle and so on.

It was a serious problem before COVID 19 lockdown, during COVID 19 lockdown and remains so today in OUR time.

Think about this – A quarter of the worlds population have been in Lockdown due to Covid 19 at a certain point. So, more people have experienced what it is to live in a ‘bubble’ whilst the world keeps spinning. We empathise because we may have experienced some of the affects ourselves and ‘may well know’ how it feels now.

We know, that Social Isolation can cause; loneliness, boredom, frustration, feelings of despair, loss of time, loss of hope and loss of interaction. It can effect physical or mental health and even both. Since the dawn of humankind, human beings have been ‘naturally’ hard-wired to interact in social groups.

For people in societies around the world including this one, lockdown was just another day, can you imagine that? Or do you know that? Or do you feel that?

Clearly, the solution will not be found in isolation, especially ‘Social Isolation’.  It will be found when people collectively come together and say “Enough!”.  This is not the world I want to live in. I will make changes.  I will take time, make time and act for the betterment of all human life, our community, our town, our city, our country and our world.


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