On 15 October, the government announced a new strategy on loneliness.
In announcing the strategy, the Prime Minister acknowledged that loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.
Three quarters of GPs surveyed, say that they see 1 to 5 people a day who are suffering from loneliness
Loneliness has been linked to conditions such as heart disease, strokes and dementia
200,000 older people haven't had a conversation with a friend or relative in the past month
The number of over 50s suffering from loneliness is set to reach 2 million by 2025/6. This amounts to a 49% increase in 10 years
Age UK Dorchester runs a ‘Reach Out’ service which provides volunteers for older people who have become lonely and isolated.
This can happen for a variety of reasons including bereavement, ill health and a loss of confidence. ‘Reach Out’ can help you to access social activities or if this is difficult for you, a volunteer could visit you for a cup of tea and a chat.
If you would like to know more about ‘Reach Out’ and how we can help you, or if you would like to volunteer for the service, please contact:
Jules Walker on 07342 883844 or