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People in Scotland’s most deprived neighbourhoods are almost a quarter more likely to die alone at home than others, new research says. The research says those living in the most deprived neighbourhoods are 24% more likely to die alone at home than those in the least deprived areas. Those living…
Some of Northern Ireland's disabled and older residents face "social isolation" following a 5% funding cut to accessible transport, a charity warned. The door-to-door bus is funded by the Infrastructure Department and helps prevent loneliness among people with mobility problems, learning disabilities, dementia, or serious sight loss. Charity Disability Action…
Loneliness and isolation in rural Wales is a "ticking time bomb" which must be tackled, a Welsh Government minister has said. Huw Irranca-Davies, the social care minister, said that dealing with the problem was a national priority. According to the 2016-17 National Survey for Wales, around 17% of the population…
Social media is contributing to a growing number of young people struggling with loneliness, a charity has said. The latest figures from Childline show that the NSPCC-supported service delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18 - a 14% rise on the previous year. Teenagers accounted for most of these,…
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…
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