INN CROWD and pub is the hub present: 

Calling Last Orders for Loneliness, by David Attree 

INN CROWD and Pub is The Hub have launched a new poem for Loneliness Awareness Week 2021, to encourage more publicans to think about how they can help tackle loneliness in their local areas.

Titled ‘Call Last Orders for Loneliness’, the poem has been written by poet David Attree. 

Join Inn – Last Orders for Loneliness campaign

The poem is inspired by Pub is The Hub’s ‘Join Inn – Last Orders for Loneliness’ campaign, www.pubisthehub.org.uk/join-inn-last-orders-for-loneliness/, supported by Heineken, which builds on the not-for-profit organisation’s community services work. The campaign aims to engage and support publicans to help people living in their local area to become better connected, helping them to feel less isolated and therefore less at risk of experiencing feelings of loneliness. 

INN CROWD is supporting this Loneliness Awareness Week campaign from Pub is The Hub, highlighting how offering live performances are a good way for publicans to diversify and attract locals to join in at pubs.

INN CROWD’s Dawn Badland, said: “Our feedback from publicans who host our tailor-made shows for pub audiences, is that coming along enables local people who are more isolated to increase their involvement in village life, as everyone who attends now has something in common and something to chat about which helps to create connections and friendships.”

Never has tackling loneliness been more important

David Attree, a regular poet on BBC Radio’s Upload, said: “Following the Covid-19 lockdowns it has never been more important to help reconnect people feeling lonely, isolated and disconnected. I hope my poem inspires more publicans to encourage people to ‘Join Inn’ through their pub.”

Mick Dore, publican of Young’s pub The Alexandra in London’s Wimbledon, encourages people who may be at risk of social isolation to connect with others at a weekly ‘MeetUpMondays’ group – https://ruralcoffeecaravan.org.uk/meetupmondays-home/

Mick said: “If a pub isn’t there to help with loneliness, I can’t think what it is there for. Events like our ‘MeetUpMondays’ make a real difference to people. We really enjoy hosting them too.”

David Attree Poet and Performer