Tackling loneliness in communities
The murder of the late MP Jo Cox has not only sparked outrage, but an outpouring of goodwill and funds, now being channelled into the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. With more than half of all people 75 and over living alone (according to the Office for National Statistics, 2010), five charities have come together to coordinate a faith response on this issue.
The Commission has devoted the month of April to looking at loneliness from the perspective of older people. To support the Commission's work, The Bible Reading Fellowship, through its programme The Gift of Years, has teamed up with Capital Mass, Linking Lives UK, Livability and Pilgrim’s Friend Society.
What can I do next?
Under the slogan ‘Start a Conversation’ and using the Twitter handle #faithtogether and #happytochat, the five charities are mobilising Christians to help themselves, and others around them, to become part of the solution – whether by talking to a neighbour, visiting an old friend or just making time for people they meet.