Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. In 2018 the UK government acknowledged this by launching the first cross-government strategy to tackle loneliness.
We need to build better communities where no one feels alone and isolated. I started with my local community, helping it to become a happier, less lonely place.
Everyone in the community should have the opportunity to learn to be happier and to live an enjoyable life. Bringing people together is essential because they can connect while practising.
If you are happy you will spread happiness, generating a ripple effect. The community will become a happier place.
I organise well-being events and provide free well-being sessions in the community. In Guildford, two wonderful local venues support my work:
At the moment we can’t reach everyone in the community. Some may not participate due to their mental or physical abilities. How can we reach these isolated people?
Community Angels is a local charity aiming to reach-out to isolated people. I am a volunteer and committee member for the Community Angels because they are aligned with my mission: a community where nobody feels lonely or isolated; where the strength of relationships means that everyone feels they are valued, supported and that they belong.
I am always looking for community partners. Together we will achieve more. If you…
… coming weekly to Margarita’s sessions has helped me realise … that there are tools and ways to deal better with the challenges that life throws at us.
… we can train our minds to deal better with how these challenges make us feel and how to overcome them in the moment. I feel I have much more to learn …Margarita has been teaching us to make it more of my daily routine so I can feel in a happier state everyday of my life
I had been flirting with Mindfulness for a year when I joined Margarita for my first group session at The Boileroom. I instantly felt Margarita’s warmth and relaxed into the sessions.After a few months, knowing Margarita also did one-on-one sessions I signed up. She had shown a real interest in my issues (largely work based) and had offered great on-the-spot advice which was extremely useful and had given me an insight into what dedicated sessions would be like. She brings a broad range of experience that has helped me reframe problems, build new habits, sleep better and make some significant life decisions.