Building a community is key to combatting loneliness epidemic

A Bg Lunch street party
A Bg Lunch street party
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Jay Wiliams who organises Big Lunch events in Roundhay also makes a point of introducing herself to new neighbours and adds: “We have a few older people who live on their own and so if I’m baking a crumble, I’ll make a few small ones and pop round with them. It just reminds people that they are cared about.

The Campaign to End Loneliness, www.campaigntoendloneliness.org

Jo Cox's husband Brendan and her sister Kim Leadbeater at the launch of a commission in her memory to tackle the "silent epidemic" of loneliness. 
Picture: Paul Grover /Jo Cox Foundation/PA Wire

Jo Cox's husband Brendan and her sister Kim Leadbeater at the launch of a commission in her memory to tackle the "silent epidemic" of loneliness. Picture: Paul Grover /Jo Cox Foundation/PA Wire

The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, www.jocoxloneliness.org

The Big Lunch, www.edenprojectcommunities.com/thebiglunchhomepage

Ther Co-housing network, www.cohousing.org.uk

Having fun at The Big Lunch in Briggate,Leeds. Photo by Graham Lindley

Having fun at The Big Lunch in Briggate,Leeds. Photo by Graham Lindley

A Big Lunch in York. 
Picture by Darren Casey

A Big Lunch in York. Picture by Darren Casey