In today’s world we are more than ever connected thanks to social media, yet loneliness and social isolation is increasing among our communities, especially amongst older people.
Intergenerational contact is extremely effective in helping individuals to connect with their local community, participate in activities and feel a sense of belonging. That is why here at NBCP we’re trying to connect with people, from different backgrounds, age and experience, throughout a range of activities.
Our creative and informal sessions have been the source of laughter, cheerful encounters and beautiful crafts for a few years now, so come and try our recipe for a merrier community life around Gloucester Road in one of our workshops.
Useful and informative web links:
‘Loneliness and isolation – understanding the difference and why it matters
Loneliness is not the same as social isolation. People can be isolated (alone) yet not feel lonely. People can be surrounded by other people, yet still feel lonely.
The distinction between these two concepts is often overlooked by policy makers and researchers, which makes it difficult to understand what can help people reduce their feeling of loneliness’.
‘Loneliness and social isolation in the United Kingdom
- Over 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – say they are always or often lonely, but almost two thirds feel uncomfortable admitting to it (British Red Cross and Co-Op, 2016)
- Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)
- Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)’
Linked to the above campaign The Baring Foundation funded the creation of this report.
You can view, print or download this full report in .pdf format here.