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December 18th, 2017

Two pieces of news have come out in quick succession recently, about the issue of loneliness.

 

Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

A cross-party commission on loneliness, set up by the murdered MP Jo Cox, says the government should create a national strategy to combat loneliness and calls for the appointment of a minister to lead action on the issue.

That would be quite something. To have a dedicated minister would be a real acknowledgement of the issue that affects so many people in the country, particularly older people.

Staggeringly, the commissions says that loneliness is as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and affects nine million UK people.

In another piece of news, Prof Jane Cummings, NHS England’s chief nursing officer, said the combination of cold weather and loneliness could be lethal in the coming months. She said the cases of strokes and heart attacks tended to rise after a cold snap. This factor, and the growing problem of loneliness, were a dangerous combination over winter.

She added that “simple acts of companionship” could make all the difference, such as visiting friends, family and neighbours, and offering to help with shopping or collecting prescriptions.

The issue is being highlighted as part of the NHS Stay Well this Winter campaign.

The good news is that the government says new initiatives to combat loneliness will be announced next year.

But, as the Jo Cox report acknowledges, government action alone cannot solve the problem. We should all do our bit. Everybody needs to get on board to build a community and help our friends and neighbours.

Our great team here at DoCare do their bit to provide friendship to our clients, often going over and above what is expected of them.

Together, we can tackle loneliness.

This blog was written by Rachel Houghton, Service Manager. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.