YP Comment: PM’s commitment on loneliness

REGULAR readers will need no introduction to this newspaper’s award-winning campaign to raise awareness about the issue of loneliness, an initiative which started to change perceptions, and challenge policy-makers, when it was championed so passionately by Jo Cox before her senseless murder.

President-elect Donald Trump after his meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House

Quiz of the Week: Fake news, ‘send to all’ error and web-savvy four-year-olds

An NHS office worker this week ‘broke’ the organisation’s email system by accidentally sending out a test message to all 840,000 recipients but what made the problem worse, according to the NHS’s IT department?

Beverley Thornton, from Meanwood,  has battled with mental health issues for 30 years. Picture: Tony Johnson

#SPEAKYOURMIND: Leeds mum-of-six Bev opens up about post-natal despression

The relief-filled moments experienced after bringing your first child into the world are often described by mothers as the most joyous in their lives.

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Coun Rebecca Charlwood.

Vital strategy for the mental health of Leeds youngsters is welcomed

A strategy for improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people across Leeds was welcomed by councillors yesterday.

Lucky Igharo with his three children, Freedom, Devine and Precious.

Record number consented to donate organs of loved ones in Leeds

Health chiefs are applauding the generosity of families in Leeds after a record number of organs were donated by relatives of loved ones after they died.

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Investigation reveals 40% of Yorkshire Post Offices shut down

Fears have been raised over the sustainability of rural communities as it emerges nearly 40 per cent of all Post Offices in Yorkshire have been shut down since the year 2000.

Best Friends Kath Copeland and Dorothy Lunn
Picture by Simon Hulme

How the hand of friendship is stopping loneliness in its tracks across Yorkshire

They describe themselves as a ‘double-act’ - best friends, neighbours and a formidable fundraising duo.

Guy Tweedy

Famous Thalidomide campaigner turns his attention to local bank

A campaigner from Harrogate who has secured huge multinational victories has turned his attention to his local bank.

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Third friendship lunch in South Yorks

Friendship LUNCHES inspired by the Yorkshire Post’s loneliness campaign have expanded to a third South Yorkshire venue in just over a month.

The First Direct Arena in Leeds. Picture by Giles Rocholl Photography Ltd.

Charity 10km walk to give fundraisers backstage passes to Leeds’ First Direct Arena

An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the First Direct Arena is set to give Leeds fundraisers a celebrity experience.

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Rachel Reeves is to continue the loneliness campaign spearheaded by Jo Cox (above) before the Batley & Spen MP was killed in June while attending a constituency surgery in Birtsall.

Rachel Reeves: Let’s love like Jo Cox and help end solitude

WHEN Jo Cox died, her friends, family and colleagues agreed the best tribute we could all pay her was to continue her great work.

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Kathy Markwick and Stewart Dean, who organised the Friendship Lunch t the Toby Inn in Dodworth. Picture Scott Merrylees

Loneliness campaign: Friendship Lunches expand into second South Yorkshire venue

Friendship Lunches in South Yorkshire are to expand after the first event aimed at lonely older people went down a storm last month.

Leeds Older People's Forum recieved �6m in lottery funding for the Time to Shine project

New loneliness project to reach the most frail

Health commissioners are joining together with Leeds’s £6m loneliness project to offer specialised support for frail older people.

Sheffield schoolgirl Lucy Gavaghan, aged 14, has set up a petition calling on Tesco to end the sale of eggs from caged and barn kept hens which has gained over 76,000 signatures in two weeks.

Schoolgirl campaigner extends drive to end caged chicken eggs

​A TEENAGE girl has launched a petition to stop ​Asda and Morrisons from selling eggs from caged hens after she persuaded Tesco to ​stop the practice.

Kathy Markwick and Stewart Dea, who are organising a Loneliness Campaign inspired lunch at the Toby Carvery in Dodworth. Picture by Scott Merrylees

You’re all invited as Friendship Lunches inspire new events for lonely

LONELY and socially isolated older people in South Yorkshire are invited to join a new Friendship Lunch inspired by the Yorkshire Post’s Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic campaign.


‘Friendly space’ at Pride aims to open up event to older people

A ‘FRIENDLY space’ will be open to older LGBT people at the Leeds Pride event next month to raise awareness of the loneliness felt by members of the LGBT community in later life.

Laurence Furlong at the Royal Voluntary Service Wakefield Meals With Care depot in Featherstone. 
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#2016hours: First volunteers inspired by The YP’s Loneliness campaign get to work

THE FIRST volunteers inspired by The Yorkshire Post’s Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic campaign’s #2016hours drive are now doing their bit to eradicate social isolation in the region’s communities - but your help is still desperately needed.

The Hawthornes resident Phyllis McLaughlin and her son Paul McLaughlin.

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Sharing stories from the past is making life less lonely for care home residents

LIFE in a care home can be a lonely time - but residents in homes across Yorkshire are revealing remarkable stories from their pasts in order to make the most of their lives today.

The Women of Steel statue is unveiled in Barker's Pool

Unveiled: Sheffield’s brave Women of Steel honoured with statue

SHEFFIELD’S “Women Of Steel”, who kept the munitions factories working to help win two world wars, have finally been honoured after a lifetime wait – with the unveiling of this bronze statue.

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How Jo Cox was using her “unstoppable energy” to curb the crisis of loneliness

IN the months before her death, murdered Yorkshire MP Jo Cox was using her “unstoppable energy” to bring together politicians, charities and policy makers to end an issue close to her heart - loneliness.

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