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Tackling Loneliness Together Participant, takes on Crawley Creative Festival

On Friday 29th January, as part of Crawley Creative’s Right Here Festival, one of our Tackling Loneliness Together participants, Peter Bastible featured in the festival finale.

Here he was able to display the beautiful watercolour paintings he had created, throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic to keep his mind active and to keep him busy.

As part of his feature in the finale, Tina Thompson (Peter Bastible’s daughter) and our very own Harri Nourse, were interviewed by Louise from Creative Crawley about Peter and the fantastic artwork he has been creating over the years.

Tina said this about Peter, “My dad has been a keen photographer for many years and his first job was actually in advertising where he used to draw a lot as a part of that job. So, he has always had an interest in art. He is very proud of his art and is always keen to show you all of his new paintings”.

Peter has been known throughout the lockdown to leave his artwork outside of his house for his neighbours to take and share the joy that he has from art.

Harri Nourse, Community Development Co-ordinator, said this about Peter, -

“Peter was one of our first Tackling Loneliness Together participants who I was able to regularly visit through Garden Gate Visits. As soon as you go to his house, he has piles of artwork which he would show me every week, full of new paintings. Peter also shared a bit about how he got into painting but to me the paintings he produces are absolutely brilliant and such an amazing story.”

Tackling Loneliness Together, was launched by the EFL Trust during the first lockdown. This programme was created to ensure members of the community are not isolated throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are offering support to those that may be experiencing loneliness in Crawley, through a variety of different Covid-19 safe activities, to support the mental wellbeing of participants, based on their preferences.

During the current national lockdown restrictions, activities currently include:

· Befriending Phone Calls

· Newsletters and Puzzle Packs

· Online Sessions

Since the launch of the programme, we have supported over 180 participants aged between 23 and 101 years old and plan to increase our levels of support.

If you would like to take part in the programme or know a family member or friend who would benefit from the service, please register your interest: access

If you would like more details about the programmes and services we deliver to get involved with or would like to view our 2019/20 Annual Review, access our website for an online copy -

For regular updates on our sessions, please access:


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