Loneliness Campaign

Yorkshire's elderly are skipping meals to avoid eating alone, new research shows

ALMOST a fifth of over 70s in Yorkshire who skip meals, miss out on at least one meal every single day to avoid eating on their own, new research has found.


New app connects mums worldwide - using their voices

“SOMETIMES ALL you want is to talk to someone - for someone to reassure you that everything is ok, and you can get through this tough spot or phase.”

Martin Copley and his three children.

Support needed for ‘epidemic’ of loneliness among parents

MORE THAN half of Yorkshire parents have felt lonely in the last year - with almost a third saying they had become more lonely since becoming a parent, a new poll released today has found.

Hannah Mallaband with son Albie. Picture: Fifteen Photography.

The hidden loneliness of the new mother

Nine out of ten mothers feel lonely after the birth of their child, yet over a third won’t tell their partner. Lindsay Pantry meets three mums who overcame their loneliness.

Founder of the Writing Back  project Dr Georgina Binnie, right, with foreign students Melissa Morgan, Ankita Sharma, and Yi-Ping Hu. Picture Tony Johnson.

Cross-cultural letter writing scheme is helping to tackle loneliness

An inter-generational pen pal project is helping international students to combat loneliness among older people across the region - while also making them feel at home in their new country.

Volunteer Derek Sykes teaches Gillian Cooper at the art and conversation class. 
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

A welcome way to help put an end to loneliness

“The rule here, is that everybody is welcome”.

MP Rachel Reeves, pictured chatting with volunteers Ian Davison and Ann McGuigan.

Daughter’s ‘talking-to’ encouraged mother to start befriending others

IT took a talking-to from her daughter to get Ann McGuigan on the road to volunteering, but six months since she started telephone befriending she no longer feels lonely herself and is making a real difference in the lives of those she speaks to.

Prime Minister David Cameron sits down for a chat with Barry Fletcher, who attends the Friendship Lunches at the Durham Ox pub in Crayke, North Yorkshire.

Post campaign awoke politicians 
to Britain’s forgotten social crisis

Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic was launched in The Yorkshire Post in February 2014 with two main aims: for loneliness to be universally recognised as a health priority and to encourage our readers to volunteer for support services.

Rachel Reeves.

Yorkshire MP talks about loneliness 'crisis'

In two months’ time, the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission will publish a manifesto – a template for Government on how it should deal with the “crisis” of loneliness.


Help needed at Yorkshire’s loneliness hotspots

YOUR HELP is needed at two new services at opposite ends of Yorkshire that were both identified as loneliness hot spots.

MP Rachel Reees is co-chair of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission. Picture: Tony Johnson

Why the crisis of loneliness shows no signs of slowing down

THE LONELINESS crisis “shows no sign of slowing down”, campaigners have warned, more than three years since The Yorkshire Post began an award-winning campaign to highlight its devastating blight on thousands of people in the region.


‘Treasure trove’ of memories brought to life in new theatre production

A “treasure trove” of memories belonging to Sheffield’s older population will brought to life on stage in a new production.

Sporting memories charity gets £500,000 to get older people exercising

Sporting memories charity gets £500,000 to get older people exercising

A YORKSHIRE charity which uses the power of sporting memories to tackle loneliness, dementia and depression has been given almost half a million pounds to help get older people exercising.

MP Rachel Reees is co-chair of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission. Picture: Tony Johnson

Refugees in Yorkshire left 'lonely and isolated' from lack of English language help

REFUGEES living in Yorkshire have been left lonely and isolated because English language provision is “not fit for purpose”, new research has found.

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Photographer Peter Howarth is pictured the photographs he has taken for the exhibition.
Picture by Simon Hulme

Exhibition shows people in the grip of loneliness to highlight the support available

Provocative photographs of people in the grip of loneliness feature in a new exhibition designed to start conversations about why people feel lonely.

The Yorkshire Post has been campaigning on the issue of loneliness since February 2014.

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.

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