BEA Patron Rachel Reeves MP launches Jo Cox Commission on loneliness

Bramley Elderly Action is proud that our Patron, Rachel Reeves MP, is championing the issue of loneliness, by chairing the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, launchedRachel Reevs MP speaking at the launch of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness today.

You can watch Rachel’s interview on ITV GMB, and listen to her interview with Jo Cox’s sister Kim Leadbetter on Radio 4 Today Programme, and read her opinion piece in Saturday’s Yorkshire Post.

Everything we do is underpinned by the need to bring people together and to help prevent loneliness and social isolation. We do this through providing individual services such as befriending (in person or on the phone), groups where people can take part in dance, gentle exercise, Men’s Day and numerous other activities, and community activities for everyone such as Restaurant Night.

Research has now shown that loneliness can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and can lead to long term physical conditions(1). Loneliness can affect people of all ages, and can be a huge issue for older people, who may no longer have family, partner or social networks and friends.

17% of older people in the UK are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (2). Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (3). Two fifths of older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (4).

We want to help build communities that are age-friendly, and welcoming and inclusive of everybody.

Get in touch with Bramley Elderly Action if you would like to take part in any of our activities, or would like to volunteer with us.

(1) Campaign to End Loneliness Research Hub
(2) Victor et al, 2003
(3) ONS, 2010
(4) Age UK, 2014