Effort is needed on challenge to defeat loneliness

A GOVERNMENT-led national strategy is needed to tackle loneliness, which has a “profoundly damaging” impact on the nation’s health, wellbeing and economy, a major report released today will say.

The Yorkshire Post launched the Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic campaign in February 2014

Under-fire council reveals plans to tackle loneliness

A YORKSHIRE council that has previously come under fire for failing to significantly mention tackling loneliness in a crucial health strategy has outlined plans to prioritise the issue.

Rachel Reeves speaking at the Policy Exchange on December 11. Picture: Christopher White

Loneliness is Beveridge’s sixth ‘giant evil’ says Yorkshire MP

MODERN life has fuelled the loneliness epidemic and if the social reformer Sir William Beveridge were alive today, he would call it his sixth “giant evil”, a campaigning Yorkshire MP has said.

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Meet Adversity United - the Harrogate football team dreaming big to show the world that disability is no barrier

Meet Adversity United - the Harrogate football team dreaming big to show the world that disability is no barrier.

Chris Powell and Andrew Wilson at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Scott Merrylees

Power of open air can help the lonely

The power of the open air and the art of good conversation is being used to provide fresh insight to those who may be struggling with their mental health or wellbeing at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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MP Rachel Reeves.

Leeds MP warns loneliness is ‘structured into society’

LONELINESS has become “structured into society” and fresh thinking on health and social care with “a new kind” of welfare system is needed if we are to make a concerted attack on the crisis, a Yorkshire MP will say today.

A group of Sixth formers from Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College are helping  Leeds charity Angel of Youth.

Pupil power to support Leeds charity’s party for lonely people at Christmas

School pupils have been helping a Leeds charity organise a huge party that will bring together more than 200 lonely people on Christmas Eve as part of a project to tackle loneliness during the holiday season.

Malham in Craven in the Yorkshire Dales.
Picture Bruce Rollinson

Summit will celebrate work to tackle loneliness in some of Yorkshire’s most rural areas

A SUMMIT to celebrate three years of work to tackle loneliness and isolation in some of Yorkshire’s most rural communities will hear real experiences tomorrow.

Pictured (left to right) Alexis Webster, 5, and Sophie Thorpe, 8, grooming one of the centre's ponies called Blackjack.

TYP Christmas Campaign: Your time to make a difference

Your donations will help families with children with autism access life-changing support services and mentoring programmes run by this innovative local charity.


TYP Christmas Campaign: ‘Autism Angels made a difference’

The Yorkshire Post’s Christmas appeal is this year calling on readers to support the Autism Angels which uses horses to help children on the autistic spectrum. Ruby Kitchen speaks to the Webster family, whose lives have been transformed.

New £13m mental health unit to be built in Leeds for young people

New £13m mental health unit to be built in Leeds for young people

A new £13m unit will be built in Leeds to support young people with complex mental health issues, it has been announced.
Contact the Elderly is encouraging people to over a spare seat at the dinner table to someone who may be lonely

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.”

Ripon hornblower Wayne Cobbett: One of many of Ripon's great traditions. 
Picture taken by Paul Oldham as part of his brilliant People of Ripon photography project which celebrates everyone who makes our city so special.

Launch of Pride in Ripon campaign: 10 things that make us all proud of our city

We would like to invite readers to join us in backing a new Ripon Gazette campaign which celebrates everything that makes our city such an extraordinary and remarkable place to be.
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.

We must all join in the fight against loneliness.

'The fight against loneliness involves us all'

“HER sudden death left me in a state of physical shock so deep it defies description. Suddenly, the plans we had made for our final years together were no more; my future was a  wasteland, full of empty days with an empty heart and a soul bereft of love. I didn’t want to be here any longer; I came very close to ending it. Such is the consequence of extreme loneliness.”

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.

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