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Twenty million pounds is to be pumped into projects that tackle the "profound and devastating impact" of loneliness, Theresa May has said. The funding for community projects and charities that bring people together is part of the legacy of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox (pictured), who was killed by a…
A new kind of prescription is being employed by one group of GP practices in Swansea and it's proving popular with local residents. The Cwmtawe cluster of GP surgeries is one of the first in Wales to have a social prescribing worker who can ‘prescribe’ social help as well as…
Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhile, there should be a national public campaign highlighting the issue which affects millions of Britons, according to the Royal College of…
An elderly widower who was diagnosed with dementia after his wife was hit by a car said discovering the latest technology has given him a new lease of life. David Stace (pictured) said he will never forget the moment he saw Pamela, his beloved partner of more than 40 years,…
A senior paramedic's innovative idea has reduced A&E visits from "frequent callers" by up to 90% in her area and is now being rolled out across the country. Frequent callers are classed as those who call at least five times in a month, or at least 12 times in three…
Events to commemorate the life of murdered MP Jo Cox are to be expanded in Scotland this year with more support from the Scottish Government and local councils. Mrs Cox's sister, Kim Leadbeater, is to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other party leaders in Edinburgh on Wednesday to discuss…
Four out of five young mothers feel lonely after having a baby and meet their friends less often, a new study shows. Research by the Co-op found that many mothers under the age of 30 feel too tired to go out, or simply want to stay with their baby. Almost…
New research from the National Autistic Society suggests that autistic people are among the most isolated and lonely in the UK. The charity compared their new survey of almost 900 autistic people with the Government’s own data and the results indicate that autistic people are four times more likely to…
One in 20 adults in England feel lonely often or all of the time, official analysis shows. Those in their late teens and early 20s were significantly more likely to be affected than older age groups, according to the study. Experts said the findings show loneliness can affect people at…
A commission on loneliness set up by the murdered MP Jo Cox has been wound up. The organisation came up with a series of recommendations, backed by Theresa May, on how to tackle the misery suffered by around nine million Britons. But the work will now be continued through a…
Dementia care for elderly people living in care homes is improved by just one hour of social interaction each week, a study suggests. A large-scale trial found that increasing the amount of social interaction improves quality of life when combined with personalised care, and also saves money. Previous research has…
A new research project between Oxford Brookes University and The Open University is investigating whether sharing photographs via social media mitigates loneliness in older people and enhances their wellbeing. The project, co-led by Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University and Dr Sarah Quinton at Oxford Brookes University, is funded…
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