Community Lincs welcomes the news that the Government has appointed a Minister for Loneliness. Tracey Crouch MP will be working across parties and communities to tackle the ever-growing issue of loneliness, which affects approximately nine million people across the UK.
The Commission on Loneliness was first set up by the late MP Jo Cox and the appointment of Tracy Crouch MP to this new ministerial role will continue Ms Cox’s legacy. Ms Crouch has indicated that a multi-million pound fund will be utilised to help create a framework and develop a government strategy for the future.
“This is wonderful news, ”said Gail Jackson, CEO of Community Lincs “Community Lincs is working throughout the Lincolnshire region to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Part of our work is to combat rural isolation and loneliness; to have recognition of this issue and the commitment from the government to invest in combatting loneliness will make a real difference to the people we work with.”
Community Lincs is a charity, based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region. The charity is currently delivering several projects to minimise the effects of rural isolation and loneliness. The Talk Eat Drink (T.E.D.) project in East Lindsey is aimed at older people and encourages them to become more involved in social activities. T.E.D. hosts regular free events across the East Lindsey area for older people and welcomes anyone who would like to become involved tedineastlindsey.co.uk/events/
“T.E.D. is an absolute necessity for lonely and elderly people.” Says one T.E.D. Member “It’s probably the only outlet for many lonely, vulnerable people to keep them from becoming totally isolated.”
The Good Neighbours Scheme is another Community Lincs initiative. The schemes are run by local volunteers who provide support to other residents in their area who may need help with day-to-day tasks. Aimed at older people, this support, provided by the good neighbours, can enable them to live independently in their own homes and communities for longer and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.