The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is a cross-party initiative designed to increase the public’s awareness of loneliness and encourage us all to act to tackle it. Jo Cox MP was passionate about the issue of loneliness and started the Commission before her murder in June 2016. In her memory the Commission will now be taken forward by Rachel Reeves MP (Labour) and Seema Kennedy MP (Conservative). Age UK is a member of the Commission alongside many other charities including the Campaign to End Loneliness, Action for Children and Carers UK.

The Commission is asking us all to ‘start a conversation’ about loneliness in our communities and what we can do about it. The aim is to encourage people to help their neighbours, family and friends and advise on how they can become the remedy - whether it be talking to a neighbour, visiting an old friend or just making time for the people they meet.

We can all be part of the answer to this silent epidemic in our communities.  As part of the Commission, we're asking you to pledge to start a conversation and tackle loneliness in our community: https://www.jocoxloneliness.org/pledge 

At Age UK Richmond, we provide lots of opportunities for companionship, whether it be through learning a new skill, enjoying a day out or taking up a new actvitiy at one of our busy social centres.  We appreciate your feedback, so please give us your views on how you think we can help those who feel lonely in our borough.  Get in touch with your ideas by emailing info@ageukrichmond.org.uk and join in the debate on Twitter @AgeUKRichmond