We welcome the appointment of a Minister for Loneliness
On 16th Jan 2018 the Government announced the appointment of a Minister for Loneliness. We welcome this appointment and the spotlight on the issue of loneliness. We look forward to working with Minister Tracey Crouch, our partners, businesses, and the public to create a less lonely Leicester.
Rob Hunter, Chair of Leicester Ageing Together, says:
Whilst no one is immune to loneliness, older people are more likely than others to suffer.
Loneliness and social isolation can have a devastating impact not only on people’s mental wellbeing, and evidence shows that it increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and increased disability.
The Leicester Ageing Together partnership has been working since October 2015 to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people in Leicester. So far we have reached over 4800 older people.
Our partnership of 14 voluntary sector organisations run regular groups, activities and services especially targeted in Belgrave, Evington, Spinney Hills, Thurncourt and Wycliffe wards.
Services include community learning – classes range from arts to IT, lunch clubs, cafés, social and activity groups, as well as one to one support and befriending with some culturally specific services. There’s more information on our website including details of current activities.
What participants have said:
“This group means I can chat with others and enjoy a meal with them, it really brightens up my week.”
“My walking improved, I started to attend the café regularly. It has given me hope, real connection, a sense of value and purpose.”
If you are, or someone you know is, an older person (over 50) living in Belgrave, Evington, Spinney Hills, Thurncourt and Wycliffe you can use our Activities guide to find out what's on in your community or Contact us.