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The Scottish Conservatives have called on ministers to deliver on a pledge to publish a national strategy to combat loneliness by the end of the year.The government vowed to publish the new strategy, one of the first in the world, by the end of 2018.The Tories said the wait since…
Older people are 50% more likely to visit A&E if they live alone than if they live with someone else, a study has found.One in five people aged 65 or older who live alone visit their GP at least once a month, compared with around one in seven of those…
A £10,000 donation has been given to Westminster City Council as part of a new scheme to combat loneliness, help rough sleepers and provide training for young people.The donation was given to the Westminster Community Contribution Fund, a scheme allowing high earners within the Band H tax bracket to pay…
Mumford and Sons bassist Ted Dwane has spoken of the loneliness of suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) after being inspired to help create an exhibition on the subject by his mother, who has the condition.Research carried out by the MS Society has found three in five (60%) people with the…
Millions of pensioners feel they have no-one to turn to for help and support, a charity has warned.Age UK estimates that 2.65 million people over the age of 65 face their problems alone.When asked: 'Do you ever feel like you have no-one to go to for help or support?', 23%…
GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social prescribing" to refer lonely people to activities including cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups. Announcing an extra £1.8 million for…
One in 10 children (11%) say they have no one to talk to, or would not talk to anyone in school if they felt worried or sad, a survey has found. The poll of 1,323 schoolchildren aged between 10 and 15 were asked how feeling worried or sad affected their…
New pilots to reduce reliance on prescription medication by prescribing interventions to improve mental health have been announced by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. Mind Cymru and the British Red Cross have been awarded a total of £1,351,066 to deliver projects across Wales. The British Red Cross will run pilots for…
A project to reduce social isolation and increase independence among young wheelchair users has been launched by the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon met youngsters at an event run by charity Whizz-Kidz, which aims to use youth clubs, residential camps, wheelchair skills training and work placements to build the aspirations of…
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…
A charity has warned a decline in the number of public toilets across Scotland risks discriminating against disabled people. Disability Equality Scotland said a lack of available facilities can discourage those with a disability from leaving their homes because they are worried about how they will cope. The organisation has…
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…
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