The Silver Line is proud to be a member of a coalition carrying on the work of the late MP Jo Cox – The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.
We’ve joined MPs, policymakers, and other groups to launch a new campaign to tackle loneliness, which has been set up in her name.
During her time as an MP, Jo Cox was dedicated to combating loneliness in the UK. Jo formed an independent, cross-party Commission of MPs and charities to highlight the fact that we can all do something to help lonely people in our community.
Following her tragic murder, the Commission was taken forward by Labour MP Rachel Reeves and Conservative MP Seema Kennedy to, in Jo Cox’s own words: ‘turbo charge the public’s awareness of loneliness.’
The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness aims to expose the growing crisis of loneliness and look for practical solutions to reduce the harm to individuals, families and the nation. The Commission will also target businesses and employer organisations and look at what action local and national Government can take to combat loneliness.
The spotlight on older people
Following the results of a survey conducted by Gransnet, the Jo Cox Commission has launched the spotlight on older people – a focus on discussion and awareness of loneliness among the over 65s.
Most importantly the Commission wants to act as a “call to action”. With the message ‘Start a Conversation’, it wants to get people talking at all levels – whether chatting to a neighbour, visiting an old friend, or just making time for the people they meet. Make a pledge today.
Sophie Andrews, Chief Executive of The Silver Line said:
“We know there’s a stigma attached to admitting to being lonely. We want to break down the barriers stopping isolated older people from getting the support they need and identify the positive steps everyone can take to combat loneliness.”
The Commission will be working throughout 2017 to address the impact loneliness has on different sections of society. Recent research estimated that there are an estimated 1.1 million people over the age of 65 who are chronically lonely.
The Silver Line is working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, British Red Cross, The Campaign to End Loneliness, Royal Voluntary Service, Independent Age, Gransnet, Age UK and The Big Lunch to lead the national spotlight on older people from 20 March to 23 April.
Both during this period and throughout the year, we will be working to highlight what everyone can do to combat loneliness in their local area.
You can make a difference and help us to combat loneliness by volunteering to become a Silver Line Friend today. Just 30 minutes a week can make a big difference to an older person’s life. To find out more and sign-up click here.
Can’t give your time? We urgently need funds to keep up our vital evening and weekend service going. Just £5 pays for one call from a lonely older person which would otherwise go unanswered. Make a difference and visit our donate page.