The first UK loneliness strategy has been launched, outlining what the government will do to prevent loneliness across society.
The strategy was commissioned following the Jo Cox Loneliness Campaign, which highlighted recommendations that the government could take forward to help prevent social isolation.
Key goals from the strategy include:
Committing to further research into loneliness, its’ impacts and how to prevent it.
Embed consideration for loneliness into every government policy
Build a national conversation around loneliness to raise awareness of the issue and tackle the stigma
Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is one of fourteen areas across England, which has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people.
BAB has supported over 50 projects since it started in 2015 ranging from the Community Navigators, a support service to help older people connect to their local community; to the Community Kick-Start Fund, which supports people led organisations to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for items, which could help to make their groups sustainable.
Adam Rees, Programme Director of Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) commented on the new strategy, “We welcome the governments’ creation of a loneliness strategy and commitment to ongoing support and changes. We are pleased that the strategy outlines the need from all people across society to help create a more socially connected society and anticipate how this will impact older people in Bristol.”
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