People, of all ages and from all walks of life in North Yorkshire experience loneliness. Estimates are that, by 2035, 50% of women aged over 75 and 29% of men over 75 will live alone.
The Loneliness Campaign North Yorkshire aims to ‘connect’ people to the many activities provided by voluntary and community organisations and help people make new friends.
We want to create a strategic framework which encourages people, communities, public bodies and employers to think about, talk about and act on loneliness.
At the beginning of 2019, we secured £99,555 from the National Lottery Community Fund’s Building Connections Fund, to help support and inspire more local action to ‘turbo-charge’ the county’s response to tackling loneliness.
The Building Connections Fund was created through a partnership involving the government, the National Lottery Community Fund and the Co-op Foundation.
The Loneliness Campaign North Yorkshire is also backed by North Yorkshire County Council with in-kind support from the Public Heath and Stronger Communities teams, as well as funding through the Stronger Communities Fund.
We are working with voluntary, NHS, local authority partners and private businesses to develop a North Yorkshire wide, all ages, Strategy for Tackling Loneliness and series of campaigns.
Staying Social, Staying Well
We have developed a unique loneliness risk test called Staying Social, Staying Well. It’s a fun, free and practical online quiz to help people approaching retirement, or those recently retired (typically aged 50-65) think about their risk of loneliness in later life. The quiz offers practical ideas about how you can stay connected with the people around you, get involved in your community, keep active, keep learning and give back.