Posted by: alexswallow | December 23, 2013

Isolation and Loneliness: not just for Christmas

Such important points- point 3 in particular drives me crazy! I get so frustrated with charities that don’t collaborate!

Nisha Kotecha

There are lots of organisations doing great work to help reduce loneliness and isolation, including the Campaign to End Loneliness. Despite the hard work lots of people and organisations put in to ending isolation and loneliness we still have over 800,000 chronically lonely people in England.  Three things really frustrate and infuriate me about this area:

  1. People feel lonely throughout the year, yet it is only in the weeks before Christmas that this issue is highlighted in the media.  It seems when the weather is a bit nicer and Christmas isn’t a few weeks away it doesn’t really matter that people are lonely and isolated.
  2. When people talk about loneliness, they mainly talk about older people.  It is important we do something to help the thousands of older people who are lonely, but what about everyone else who experiences it?  Many people probably don’t even recognise they are…

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