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Minister for the Lonely

Minister for the Lonely

Tracey Crouch - appointed to head up a government-wide group with responsibility for policies connected to loneliness; an issue highlighted by the murdered MP Jo Cox.  The current sport and civil society minister is reported ‘to be proud to take on this generational challenge’ to tackle an issue that affects 9 million UK people, young and old.  The Prime Minister said ‘For too many people loneliness is the sad reality of modern life.  I want to confront this challenge for our society.’  We at Hope Trust say ‘Hurray!’  Having focused on the relief of loneliness for some years now, we are happy the Government is finally following our lead!

At Hope Trust we know that by offering a variety of relaxed, informal, engaging and appropriate events - people will come along.  Some might need to be encouraged to pop in, whilst others are eager to walk through the doors; some may have no idea who Hope Trust is or what we do until they suddenly find themselves in need of something more than they have.  Bereavement, family moving away, friends going to live nearer their children, ill health, loss of mobility - the reasons for becoming isolated and more alone than we are comfortable with are many and varied and yet the solution is simple – find and connect with other, like-minded people. 

With 2018 underway we are quickly filling up the diary with opportunities that we hope will meet people where they are and help them move closer to where they want to be.  Our weekly Tuesday Technology Café is going well with older people beginning to enjoy (or at least see) the benefits of some aspects of modern technology!  Chatting with grandchildren via Skype or Facetime is better than never chatting to them at all.  Seeing pictures and comments posted on Facebook allows the everyday story of other people’s lives to intertwine with ours.  Or on a dull Thursday morning, the opportunity to mix with other people at our Tea ‘n’ Chat, possibly over a board game, can make a huge difference – you just have to be willing to join in.  Question is, are you?