Loneliness Campaign

PM appoints Minister for Loneliness following Jo Cox report

PRIME MINISTER Theresa May will set out how the Government will tackle the “sad reality” of loneliness in modern life - and has started by appointing a minister to create the UK’s first ever strategy on the issue.


Watch: Bradford filmmaker explores the lives of the lonely in new documentary

A young Bradford filmmaker who was moved by research highlighting the devastating reach of loneliness will have her film shown to community groups and on big screens in her home city to show those affected that they are not alone.

Marvina Newton, right,  founder of the Leeds charity Angels of Youth chats to Dana Lockwood at the Corn Exchange on Christmas Eve. Picture Tony Johnson.

Volunteers rally to ensure fewer feel lonely over festive period

THE FESTIVE period can be deeply lonely if you’re on your own - but across the length and breadth of Yorkshire, kind-hearted people gave up their time this Christmas to help those who would otherwise be alone.


One it ten in Yorkshire will spend Christmas Day alone

ONE IN 10 people in Yorkshire will spend Christmas Day alone - double the national average, a charity that supports people estranged from the families has warned.

Jo Cox's sister Kim Leadbeater with MPs Rachel Reeves, right,  and Seema Kennedy, launch the long-awaited final report of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission at a special event in Batley last Friday. Picture Tony Johnson.

‘Lasting legacy’ of action to help the country’s nine million lonely people

A “LASTING legacy of action” will be created honouring the work of murdered Yorkshire MP Jo Cox to tackle loneliness.

Susan Banka with Mohammed Yousuf, Community Comapanions Development Worker, at her home in Batley. Picture Scott Merrylees

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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