Age UK (the national charity Age UK Camden is affiliated to), alongside 13 other national organisations, is taking part in a government initiative to increase the public’s awareness of loneliness. The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness was started by MP Jo Cox before her murder last year. Jo was passionate about the issue of loneliness, and in her memory, the Commission will now be taken forward by Rachel Reeves MP (Labour, Leeds West) and Seema Kennedy MP (Conservative, South Ribble).

Age UK is leading the spotlight period on older people from 20 March to 23 April 2017 and Age UK Camden is proud to support this.

The Commission is asking us all to ‘start a conversation’ about loneliness in our communities. This is an exciting opportunity for us all to ask ourselves what we can do to tackle loneliness in Camden. Simple actions like visiting an older relatives or friend, or checking in on a neighbour can make a big difference.

Read more about the campaign and the results of a new survey highlighting that over half of Gransnet users who are lonely have never talked about it. Or show your support by sharing stories of how you’ve started a conversation in your community. Use #happytochat on Twitter or Facebook.

Age UK Camden is an independent charity that helps older people in the borough to stay active, stay connected and get the most out of life. We do this through providing high quality, innovative services and support, including befriending and good neighbour schemes, social opportunities, volunteering and more.

If you are worried about an older friend, relative or neighbour, please encourage them to contact us.