“All the lonely people, where do they all come from?”

There are a lot of people that I admire on Twitter, and Anne Cooper (@anniecoops) is right up there. We haven’t met in person – yet! – but she is on my ‘stalking list’. I love this term that I borrow from Alison Cameron (@allyc375) whose powerful story has made such an impact over the last couple of weeks.

Anyway, back to Annie. I think of her as ‘Tigger’ as (a) She always seems to have boundless energy (b) She wrote a blog that I love about this (c) She likes cats and has one called Henry – who should , of course, be called Tigger 😉

Annie has written a wonderful guest blog, which I will post on Thursday. It is something we have planned for six months as we agreed to try and capture her story: a lovely, warm but busy person with a small amount of spare time, seeking to ‘befriend’ someone and ease a little bit of isolation in modern day society.

Publishing Annie’s story now seems incredibly timely as Annie is a social media whizz and clearly knows how to find helpful information and use networks. However, she has been unable to find good local information, that she could use to find someone that she could assist in her immediate locality. This frustration of having plenty of information (quantity) but not tailored to someone’s actual requirements (quality) was a key theme of the workshop Stuart Arnott and I ran last week at the Care in the Digital Age event – (#KentDigiCare) which I hope to tell you more about shortly…

Told in tweets, this is the preamble. 
Thursday’s blog will be Annie’s own words…

Do you remember that icy spell back in January.?

The “double blog” that Mum   (@Gills_Mum) and I did when she was “climbing round the picture rail” because of the snow sparked some lovely comments and conversations, both on the blog itself and on  Twitter. Mum was temporarily more isolated than usual, unable to go on her regular bus. For some people isolation is an everyday experience and I was thrilled when our conversation inspired Annie to follow up on a New Year’s resolution…

The early part of the journey (expressing interest and signing up!) was fraught with problems.

I invited Anne to tell us, in due course, how she got on…
Frustrated tweets from Anne ensued in February…

And so, in the words (almost) of a certain sweet guy (cryptic clue)…. the search for a befriendee went on…

And again in May!

A wonderful, caring woman. A limited amount of time.
A multitude of  lonely people –
‘Father MacKenzies’ and ‘Elenour Rigbys’ in our modern, ? broken society.

Annie’s story, in her own words,  follows on Thursday…

About Gill Phillips - Whose Shoes?

Passionate about personalisation in health & social care. Creator of Whose Shoes? - an imaginative approach to helping people work together to improve lives. http://nutshellcomms.co.uk
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2 Responses to “All the lonely people, where do they all come from?”

  1. Pingback: In the shoes of… Anne Cooper| warm, caring and trying to help… | Whose Shoes?

  2. Pingback: “How lovely! A virtual bouquet for you, Mum!”… “a WHAT??…” | Whose Shoes?

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