I re-visited a story I first covered more than four years ago about loneliness. Having looked into the latest data from the Office For National Statistics I wasn't surprised to learn that loneliness has got a lot worse in the pandemic with more than 7% of adults suffering with loneliness often or always. I filmed with South Yorkshire charity b:friend which is making a big difference to improve the lives of older isolated people. It matches volunteer 'befrienders' with older people living nearby who are lonely. They have more than 700 pairings and demand is higher than ever.
I had a week working for our digital team and filmed and edited this story for the BBC News website, Facebook and Twitter. It's a story I feel passionate about as I am a cyclist in Sheffield and relate to what Ann is saying...
A cat and dog rescue centre in Yorkshire says demand for its services is higher than ever since the pandemic. Rain Rescue in Rotherham re-homes up to 400 cats a year. There's a particular problem since Covid of stray cats breeding uncontrollably on the streets then spreading feline diseases.
I went to Stubley Medical Centre in Dronfield which has 3,000 vaccines that'll be out of date in mid-January - they need people to come forward for their boosters. They did 11,000 jabs in the space of just 10 days before Xmas but demand has dropped significantly since then.
I've been reporting from North Yorkshire on how the hospitality sector is coping with rising cases of Covid. The government's support package was described as 'a drop in the ocean' by both interviewees.