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March 8th, 2017

Recently the media reported on a new Commission on Loneliness set up in Parliament, in memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox.

For the first time a cross-party group of MPs, policy-makers and more than a dozen leading organisations have come together to expose the growing crisis of loneliness and find ways to overcome it.

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness will be working throughout 2017 with the following partners – Action for Children, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, The British Red Cross, The Campaign to End Loneliness, Carers UK, The Co-op, Eden Project Communities, Independent Age, Refugee Action, Royal Voluntary Service, Sense and The Silver Line – to shine a light on different aspects of loneliness and the positive steps we can all take to combat it.

Research carried out by the organisations involved with the commission show more than nine million people admit they are “always or often lonely” – with two thirds of those saying they would never admit it in public. It also describes how the British instinct to “put a brave face on it” is masking a social crisis.

As Jo herself put it, “young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate…it is something many of us could easily help with. Looking in on a neighbour, visiting an elderly relative or making that call or visit we’ve been promising to a friend we haven’t seen in a long time.”

At DoCare, most of our clients are elderly and many of them live alone. They have supportive and loving families, but we know some feel lonely. We do all we can to make their day a better day, but we’re aware that in some cases our support workers are the only visitors they have.

Loneliness is a problem, and we think this Commission is a fantastic way to highlight it and to see what can be done. Working together has to be the answer.

You can find out more information about the Commission here. There is lots of information about services you can access, or if you want to help and volunteer, at the website for the Campaign to End Loneliness.

 

This blog was written by Una Mills, DoCare Director. 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.