This week we held a coffee afternoon at Libanus Lifestyle Centre, as part of our project to tackle isolation and loneliness, funded by the Caerphilly Cares Team. We were delighted to be joined by new faces, as well as some people we already know. The group had a great discussion on the effects the pandemic has had on our mental wellbeing. Some people talked about having to shield because of underlying health conditions, which made them feel extremely lonely, especially over the Christmas period. The group also talked about the lack of support for people during lockdown. A couple who attended said it was their first time being out with a group in a social setting for over two years. The event was also attended by regular Caerphilly People First members, who talked about their anxiety when using public transport for the first time in years. The next meeting of this group will be held on Monday 28th at March, again at Libanus Lifestyle Centre in Blackwood, and all are welcome to attend.