Social Isolation

Loneliness: An Epidemic Of Our Time

Karen Dolva | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Dolva

At No Isolation, we're taking steps every day to solve this problem. Heartbreakingly, people are often embarrassed to admit that they're lonely and so will continue to suffer in silence. Tackling loneliness begins by simply opening up this important conversation; making sure that society is aware of this on-going and critical issue, and encouraging those who are struggling in solitude to seek help.

Making Jo Cox's Vision For A World Without Loneliness A Reality For Disabled People

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Daniels OBE

Working so closely with deaf children means I know full well that loneliness is a big issue to tackle. It knocks deaf children's confidence before they even start school, affects attainment throughout their education, and causes untold pain that persists later on in life.

Beating Parent Isolation

Annie Drewry | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Parents
Annie Drewry

Life sometimes has a way of taking over and getting in the way of all your plans, those friendships you thought would last a lifetime sometimes fall by the wayside, especially when a friend's life dramatically becomes overwhelmed with the arrival of children.

Even Our Hospital Doesn't Have A Toilet That We Can Safely Use

Lorna Fillingham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Lorna Fillingham

everybody banner For those that would say I would never lie my child on a toilet floor. Remember this. There are only about 1000 registered Changing Places facilities in the whole of the UK. Many towns and cities do not have a single facility that my daughter can use. There are only a handful of supermarkets in the whole of the UK with these facilities, we all have to shop and even with the power of internet shopping things get forgotten and are needed.

Five Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Relationship With Social Media

Marianne Stenger | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marianne Stenger

It can be incredibly difficult to focus on the moment when you're constantly being interrupted by notifications that make you feel like you're missing out on something important. So if you've already taken the step of scheduling certain times of day for checking social media, why not enforce this by disabling the notifications on your phone?

100 Letters Changed My Life

Alison Hitchcock | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Hitchcock

Back in 2010, I would never have predicted that when my friend, Brian Greenley, was diagnosed with bowel cancer, the letters that I offered to write to him would change both our lives... The letters began and over the next two years, as Brian's cancer developed to stage four, I kept on writing.

Goodbye Negativity And Welcome Home Hope

Sir Tim Smit KBE | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Sir Tim Smit KBE

Last month The Big Lunch patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall hosted the launch of The Great Get-Together at Clarence House, announcing a weekend of com...

One In Five Of Us Are Lonely, And One In Eight Have No Close Friends

Anna Darnell Bradley | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Anna Darnell Bradley

Yes, we're all individuals, but we can't escape the inextricable truth that we're social beings too. The relationships and connections we create and maintain with those around us are intimately bound to who we are, who we become and, importantly, how we see ourselves.

It's Time To Act And Support People Of All Ages Suffering From Social Isolation

Mike Adamson | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

Earlier this year the British Red Cross supported Barbara in Paignton, Devon. She has mobility limitations that meant she could no longer leave the house. She had to give up work, her routine, and seeing friends and family. She completely lost her independence. This is why tackling loneliness and social isolation through our partnership with the Co-op is so important. Because people like Barbara are not alone.

Reducing Isolation Amongst Older People This Festive Season

Beth Britton | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

For many older people, Christmas can be the most isolating time of the year. The whirlwind of the festive season can easily go on around, rather than involve, many older people particularly if they don't have a family they see regularly or groups within their local community who provide support.

A Grim Reminder as the Levels of Loneliness in Older People Reach Breaking Point

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

The story of Bournemouth resident, Anne Leitrim, has really struck a chord with me this past week. The discovery comes merely one day after Contact the Elderly declared a state of emergency in response to the numbers of lonely older people in the UK...

Is the PC Culture Alienating People With Disabilities and Those From Other Minorities

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

People with cerebral palsy can remember when SCOPE was called The Spastic Society. Now we have a culture where political correctness has overtaken and one cannot use the term 'disabled' or 'mentally handicapped' or even 'handicapped'; instead we have to use the terms 'less-abled' or 'learning difficulties'. Is this really required

Fifteen Minute Care Sessions Are an Insult, Why Our Elderly Deserve Better

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

Just as it is cruel to deprive the elderly of food or medication, it is cruel to accept the current state of social isolation. We could ask why these lonely people's families are not more involved or go down the Chinese government route of 'forcing' people to visit their elderly parents but the reality is that people are naturally occupied with making a living and raising their own young.  

The Health Impact of Social Isolation

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

What people eat can change, though, and people's ability to engage in healthy eating is influenced by the social environment. This includes factors such as marriage, cohabitation, friendship and general social interaction...

Long Life Is Not A Blessing, It's A Curse

Hannah Gal | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

'What on earth is the point of my life?' Molly (not her real name) asks me. The frail, weary to her bone 92 year old looks at me as her shaky hands struggle to adjust a stubbornly troublesome hearing aid. 

How Broad Beans Help Combat Social Isolation

Harbir Kaur | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Harbir Kaur

Today, there is a paucity of our more tangible community galvanisers, such as gathering at church or community events, which could ameliorate the risk of social isolation. Perhaps, for the digital natives, social isolation need not be an issue as these physical gatherings are digitally dissolved by global online communities.