BBC Morning Live champions the Secret Garden Hub and its role in helping tackle loneliness

On Wednesday BBC One’s Morning Live programme featured our Secret Garden Hub.  The programme was focused on ‘the silent epidemic’ of loneliness and the initiatives that can be found in the community to help combat it.

Presenter Sarah joined Hub guest Mike Clayton on a ride on our trishaw around Montpellier Park.  Mike spoke movingly about how his visits to the Secret Garden Hub have helped overcome the isolation he felt following his illness;

“When I came home [from hospital] everything had changed, I couldn’t do anything.    Loneliness is a terrible thing, you need to know that you are not alone.  There are other people in the world in the same position as you, and that, I think is a god send.”

Mike explained how coming to the Hub has aided his recovery and brought him a host of new friends;

 “I didn’t know this place existed.  But I am glad I found it. And so my loneliness disappeared.  I look forward to it. I shall go back amongst friends now and enjoy the rest of the day.  Going on the bike is a highlight. It is something I look forward to.  I’ve had a lovely time.”

He closed with this advice anyone experiencing loneliness;

“Seek help, do not bottle it up look for these places where you can go, they are there, find them and then go and enjoy life.”

If you would like to find out more about the Secret Garden Hub call the team on 01242 506121 or visit our webpage which includes more information and their monthly activity sheet to download.