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£20m loneliness fund 'exceeded expectations' says minister

THE LONELINESS minister has admitted she felt “very emotional” when the scale of a £20m fund to tackle isolation was revealed - and that the cash had exceeded her expectations.
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Minister for Loneliness Tracey Crouch, during her visit to Batley in April.

£20m loneliness fund will ‘build on Jo Cox’s legacy’

CHARITIES and community groups are to receive support to help lonely and isolated people from a new £20m fund that will build on the legacy of murdered Batley MP Jo Cox.

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Hannah Robertshaw

Therapeutic dance sessions to reduce isolation in care homes

THERAPEUTIC dance and music sessions will be brought into care home in an effort to reduce the loneliness and social isolation felt by residents.

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Annie Stirk walking her dog Sam at  Brandsby

Helping hand for life after the world of work

After 35 years in a career she loved so much that it “felt more like a hobby”, Annie Stirk was a reluctant retiree.

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Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin and Loneliness Minister, Tracey Crouch, visit a scheme to combat loneliness.

Jayne Dowle: A few words this Bank Holiday could save lives of the lonely

FOR countless people, today’s bank holiday will be just another sad day. Nothing brings home the despair of loneliness as much as the feeling that everyone else is out enjoying themselves.

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid addressed the Police Federation conference this week.

The Yorkshire Post says: Fair funding case for rural police and why Sajid Javid must now act

SAJID Javid tried to strike a less confrontational tone when he addressed the Police Federation this week. “I’m listening,” the newly-appointed Home Secretary told delegates.

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An installation titled We Are Hull by artist Zolst Balogh is projected onto buildings in the city's Queen Victoria Square, forming part of the Made in Hull series marking the official opening of Hull's tenure as UK City of Culture. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 1, 2017. Made In Hull, curated by Sean McAllister, is a celebration of more than 70 years of the city's history told through massive projections on some of its best known buildings. See PA story ARTS Hull. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Volunteering projects get slice of £2.7m fund to boost community connections

VOLUNTEERING projects in Hull and North Yorkshire are to benefit from a new £2.7m government fund aimed at boosting community connections and reducing social isolation.

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Janet Wallcraft, from Morley, who was suffering with loneliness before contacting the Silver Line, who have set her up with a telephone befriender and a penpal.  Picture Tony Johnson.

Silver Line helps Janet to escape loneliness and find her 'happy ending'

Janet Wallcraft feared she'd never have a "happy ending" after finding herself intensely lonely after returning to Yorkshire after decades away in 2014.

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The first anniversary celebrations for Time to Shine Market at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds.Ted Hunter is pictured in the Frame. Picture by Simon Hulme

Celebrating three years of bringing Leeds’s lonely out of the shadows

ITS aim was simple - offer the people of Leeds living in the shadows of loneliness their time to shine.

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Time to Shine celebrated its first annivesary at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, in 2016.Ted Hunter is pictured in the Frame. Picture by Simon Hulme

Project will celebrate six years of bringing city’s lonely out of the shadows

ITS aim was simple - offer the people of Leeds living in the shadows of loneliness their time to shine.

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Missing York chief Claudia Lawrence.

Sarah Young: Claudia Lawrence case highlights how Government is leaving families of missing people in limbo

THE long-awaited Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 was designed to allow relatives and close friends to manage the affairs of missing people, without having to obtain a declaration of presumed death. Sadly, we have just learnt that this has been pushed back, leaving hundreds of families stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare.

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Campaign inspires others to make ‘moments of connection’

A NEW campaign aimed at inspiring “small moments of connection” has launched after research revealed more than half of people in Yorkshire feel it has been a long time since they made a new friend or valued connection.

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An inter generational pen pal project at the University of Leeds which helps combat loneliness in older people and in students settling in a new city held a celebration event where pen pals who have been writing to each other over the last few months met for the first time. Picture Tony Johnson.

Pen-pals meet up at celebration event

Letter writers in a scheme that links students with older people in a bid to tackle loneliness met face to face for the first time at a celebration event yesterday.

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Shannon, legt, and Hope, right, attend a Home-Start group in Dewsbury. Picture: Victor de Jesus/UNP

‘Shocking’ extent of loneliness in new mothers highlighted

YOUNG mothers suffering in the grip of loneliness are reluctant to get help due to fear of being judged, a charity has warned.

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Ambulance paramedics will be beneficiaries of the Protect the Protectors Bill if it is passed by Parliament.

The Paramedic: My living nightmare after being sexually assaulted answering a 999 call

WHILE my story is not uncommon amongst ambulance colleagues, I have been defined – for the past two years – by an incident at work in which I was sexually, physically and verbally assaulted by a male patient while I was trying to assist him following a 999 call.

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Holly Lynch MP with Chief Insp Nick Smart, Chair West Yorkshire Police Federation on a walkabout  in the Piece Hall, Halifax.

The Yorkshire Post says: Time to back our 999 heroes in law. MPs must protect the protectors

TODAY, Parliament has a chance to enshrine its respect for all emergency workers, and first responders, into law. It must be taken – and any MP who dares to thwart the Parliamentary passage of the Emergency Service Workers Bill can expect the full opprobrium of the country – and their constituents.

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Police officers and others could receive greater safeguards if Chris Bryant's Private Members' Bill is passed today.

Chris Bryant: Why the law should stand behind those who keep us safe from harm

ONE of the strange things about Parliament is that there’s a significant amount of luck involved in the passing of some 
of our laws.

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Lonely millennials more likely to have mental health problems

Lonely millennials more likely to have mental health problems

LONELY young adults are more likely to have mental health problems, to have self-harmed or attempted suicide, and use technology compulsively, new research has shown.

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Fears for city’s isolated after end of £6m loneliness project

FEARS HAVE been raised that vulnerable isolated people could be left without support once funding for a £6m loneliness project runs out.

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Claire Throssell chats with Jean Leadbeater at the tea party held at the Holiday Inn in Barnsley. Picture Scott Merrylees

Campaigning parents united by grief support tea party that has brought joy to hundreds of lonely people

A MOMENT captured between two mothers who share an unimaginable pain - but who are both turning their pain into fight, to make the world a better place.

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