Rachel Reeves MP and Seema Kennedy MP. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian newspaper
Jo Cox was a doer. She became an MP to change things. She was driven by compassion and a clear sense of right and wrong which led her to get involved in a number of issues in parliament and beyond which sat above party politics: from the plight of civilians caught up in the Syrian conflict to the lonely lives of some of her constituents in Batley and Spen in Yorkshire. Continue reading
Posted in General, Loneliness
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This week we have a guest blog from Marianne Siddorn at the Campaign to End Loneliness. Age UK and the Campaign to End Loneliness have launched a new report on how to tackle this important issue.
The devastating impact loneliness can have on our mental and physical health makes it an issue we simply cannot ignore. For a growing number of older people, loneliness defines and shatters their lives.
But loneliness is also a deeply personal experience – a problem with different causes and consequences for every one of us. This is what makes addressing loneliness so complex. And despite a wide and growing recognition of the substantial public health implications of loneliness and the urgent need to take action, there is a significant knowledge gap among funders and commissioners about what really works in addressing it.
Promising approaches to reducing loneliness and isolation in later life, a report produced jointly by Age UK and the Campaign to End Loneliness, seeks to fill that knowledge gap and to offer some practical answers to that big question, what works in tackling loneliness? Continue reading
January 26, 2015 in Health, Health and Wellbeing, Home and Care, Public Policy, Volunteering
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