Sunday lunch: (l-r) Christopher, Janet and Christy have a laugh and a chat

More than 9 million people are lonely in the UK according to a recent study. We found out about one local initiative to battle loneliness this Valentine’s Day.

Mo Fayose runs the Self Love Hub in Basford, Nottingham, a group that she set up in December 2016 to ensure that there is a place for anyone who is feeling lonely to socialise.

The 44-year-old put her Mental Health Nursing Degree on hold to host free weekly events at the Self Love Hub, including a three course Sunday lunch, and meals on a Wednesday for a community ‘Come Dine With Me’ evening.

Mo Fayose in the kitchen where she cooks fresh, homemade meals

This Valentine’s Day, Mo is inviting anyone that may be feeling lonely to come and have a free three course meal and meet new people between 6-8pm.

She said: “We’ll make it a love night for everybody to enjoy… and make ourselves happy.”

Audio: Mo Fayose talks about Valentine’s Day at The Self Love Hub. 

“I WOULD SAY 70% OF PEOPLE WHO ARE LONELY IN THE UK ARE WELL UNDER 50 YEARS OF AGE”

MO FAYOSE, FOUNDER OF THE SELF LOVE HUB

Anthony, 49, from Old Basford, started coming to the ‘Community Come Dine With Me’ because he lives on his own.

He said: “It is very personal and Mo has created her own unique space instead of using some community space which doesn’t have a sense of community.”

Sarah, 47,  from Bulwell said: “We all have a laugh and we all talk together but we talk as a group aswell so it’s very homely… We have good fun, it’s a good vibe.”

Audio: Regulars Anthony and Sarah talk about why they enjoy coming here. 

Mo says that loneliness is commonly associated with just the elderly. However, she feels that it is people of all ages, including young mothers and teenagers, who are affected too.

Mo said: “I would say 70% of people that are lonely in the UK are well under 50-years of age.”

Laughter is in the air: (l-r) Members Jake and Sandra with founder and organiser, Mo Fayose

The new appointment of the Minister For Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, has also made more people think about the hidden epidemic which exists across the UK.

The Sherwood MP, Mark Spencer, has said: “Being lonely and feeling isolated, not only does it affect your health, it can also affect your life expectancy aswell.”

He is hoping that the appointment of this Minister will bring more credibility to organisations like The Love Hub.

Audio: Sherwood MP, Mark Spencer, says his views on the appointment of the Minister For Loneliness. 

What are some symptoms of loneliness according to charity WaveLength?

  • Spending a lot of time alone.
  • Being less effective at completing tasks.
  • Negative about life.
  • Suffering frequently from tiredness and illness.
  • Very attached to possessions.

To attend the Valentine’s Day three course meal on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Self Love Hub call Mo on: 0115 837 0684 or send her an email at: enquiries@mofayose.com.

Video: We found out what the Self Love Hub is doing this Valentine’s Day.