A new challenge which aims to highlight the problems of loneliness and isolation has been launched this week.
The Loneliness Lock In has been created by UK Christian charity Linking Lives and sees participants spending a 24-hour period in isolation, with no access to phones, television, Internet, or other people.
It’s hoped that those who take part will learn more about what its like to have little to no contact with the outside world, then use that experience to create change amongst their community.
Linking Lives National Director Jeremy Sharpe told Inspire Magazine, the church has a role to play in combating loneliness.
According to research, more than nine million people of all ages in the UK said they always or often felt lonely, and almost half of those considered TV to be their main form of company.