A television or radio is often all it takes to alleviate isolation.
Moving from a highly social environment, such as the Night shelter, to a place all alone can be a daunting and very isolating experience. Providing someone with a television or radio is often all it takes to alleviate these feelings.
Colchester Night Shelter
Having a TV in their communal room means they are together more.
The young women having a state of the art TV in their communal room means they are together more. They are able to enjoy a modern TV and have a fun together watching YouTube. Thank you so much for this lovely addition…it is helping us so much. Breaking the silence bringing young women together in their living room not just to watch TV but to help each other.
Having a TV allows us to make friends.
Having a communal space to watch TV together allows us to make friends. I love sitting in the lounge with other women who do not judge me as they know how I have been affected. We love watching Emmerdale together.
Leeds Women’s Aid
has made a massive difference to my life.
It has made a massive difference to my life – indescribable! My accommodation is less lonely – it fills the void. It has connected me with the outside world. Thank you so much!
First Housing Aid and Support Service
has transformed my life.
I am very happy with the TV as it has given me great companionship. It is also very informative and educational for me. Once again, a big thank you to you and WaveLength.
makes me feel connected to the outside world, and not in complete isolation.
Having noise even in the background made me feel less anxious.
Traumatic Stress Clinic
The TV helps people to communicate with those who have the same interests.
As soon as the TV came into the communal lounge there were new appearances from people who would not usually socialise with others but to watch the TV. This in turn got them engaging with staff and customers with a knock on effect of further engagement with external services and referrals on the road to recovery. It helps people to communicate with those who have the same interests and relieves boredom.
Look Ahead Care
Creating a homely environment means women socialise and chill out.
Having a TV in our communal areas in the refuge, and in residents individual units, is useful for a number of reasons. Creating a homely environment means women can come together in the evenings to watch TV together in comfort, socialise and chill out.
Cambridge Women’s Aid
I sit there with some of the other residents and have a chat.
It’s nice to have an option to sit together with people, talk about what you like watching, as it leads to other conversations.
SHP Lewisham Vulnerable Adults
Before the front room never got used. Now it gets used quite a bit.
We love it. Everyone’s using it, even the people that don’t usually come out of their rooms. One of the residents got her Netflix account on it, so everyone uses that as well. I sometimes sit down with one of the other clients and watch TV together. People are interacting more regularly – before the front room never got used unless someone was using the computer. I also invite one of my mates over for dinner too – keeps you civilised.
SHP Lewisham Vulnerable Adults