I'm sure you will have seen the news of the launch of the Governments' first Loneliness Strategy this week, highlighting the importance of having a connected society. The strategy, amongst other things, will embed a consideration for loneliness within every government policy, ensuring that loneliness is featured at the core of decision making.
Bristol Ageing Better has had loneliness at the core of our projects since we launched in 2015, but it has become a national conversation in the years since, partly due to the Jo Cox Commission. We welcome this shift in public opinion, challenging preconceptions of what a lonely person looks like.
I recently attended a Centre for Ageing Better event that was entitled "Loneliness: a story of old age or age-old story?" The conversation looked at loneliness being an issue for all ages and while this is an import social concern, for BAB we do not want people to forget about older people feeling lonely too.
We are pleased that there are many organisations and charities across Bristol who work to empower older people and support them to feel more socially connected. You can read two of our case studies below, featuring projects run by Alive and Second Step.
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