Loneliness Campaign

New research reveals extent of loneliness - and shows just how much money interventions can save

THE EXTENT of loneliness across Yorkshire has been laid bare by startling new research that shows nine out of ten people in the region believe loneliness in older age in more likely now than ever before.


Events celebrate older people this Silver Sunday

Elderly people across Yorkshire will be celebrated with a series of events including afternoon teas, choral performances and community cafes on Silver Sunday, October 1 - the day that aims to be to older people what Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is to parents.

Councillor Peter Box hands keys to new office for the Senior Citizens Support Group to Tom Long. Accompanied by Councillor Darren Byford on the right.

Group whose events tackle loneliness hope office will become community ‘hub’

A GROUP which helps to alleviate loneliness and social isolation among older people in Wakefield by ensuring their members always have something to look forward to has opened its first permanent office.

Friendship Lunches go from strength to strength

Friendship Lunches go from strength to strength

It has gone from strength to strength since it was first launched two and a half years ago, and now a Friendship Lunch inspired by The Yorkshire Post's Loneliness campaign is hoping more people will join them ahead of its latest event on Monday.

The North Yorkshire Director of Public Health's annual report focuses on older people

Negativity over the ‘burden’ of older people needs to be reversed

THE NEGATIVITY around an ageing population should be reversed and the potential of over 65s recognised, North Yorkshire’s Director of Public Health said.

Tony Jameson-Allen looking at one of the thousand of files sheets containing sporting images taken around the world.
Pctures: James Hardisty

Rich trove of sporting images will help tackle loneliness

IT is a collection of almost unimaginable scale.

Social media is no 'silver bullet' for loneliness, a charity has warned

Social media is no ‘silver bullet’ for loneliness

Social media isn’t a “silver bullet” to end loneliness and cannot replace “meaningful” connections, a charity has warned, after the largest ever study into loneliness showed that lonely people have a 50 per cent increased risk of early death compared to those with good social links.

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.


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.

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.

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. 
Picture: Scott Merrylees

#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.

Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

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.

Jo Cox

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.


Loneliness among men is a major challenge, say health campaigners

LONELINESS among older men is becoming a “major public health challenge”, a charity has said.


New workshops offer help to veterans over 50

A SERIES of workshops have been launched to help veterans affected by loneliness, bad health and housing issues.

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Help need for befriending scheme which helps the lonely

VOLUNTEERS are needed from across South Yorkshire to help with a befriending scheme that helps people with long-term or mental health conditions avoid loneliness.

Vote for The Yorkshire Post’s Loneliness campaign to win the Making a Difference award

Vote for The Yorkshire Post’s Loneliness campaign to win the Making a Difference award

Voting is now open to crown the newspaper campaign that has made a real difference - and we need you to vote for Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic.

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