A national Commission on Loneliness is to launch in Parliament today (31st January 20117) continuing the legacy of the late Jo Cox – www.campaigntoendloneliness.org
It’s estimated that around one in five people are ‘always or often’ lonely, with experts suggesting that the hidden condition can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Last week the MPs visited Batley Resource Centre to meet with some of the people who helped to inspire Jo’s work. 1.7% or 200,000 older people (65 and over) have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month. Some 360,000, or 3.1%, had not had such a conversation in over a week.
YCC’s Community Connections provides services for older people and adults at risk, working towards involving them in their communities and reducing social isolation. Our volunteers visit people weekly in their own home for company and conversation and encouraging people to be more socially active where possible. Our volunteers are helping people to keep in touch with the outside world.