Editor’s Comment: Confronting the issues of loneliness

John Dorman and Christine Boxall, from the Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service (S).

John Dorman and Christine Boxall, from the Harrogate and Ripon Centres for Voluntary Service (S).

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Loneliness in later life is the scourge of our modern day society.

There is little surprise it is a huge issue in the Harrogate district with our higher than average older population.

People are left feeling isolated and lonely after bereavement, with family members often hundreds of miles away and unable to give regular support.

The aim of our current campaign is to confront the issue of loneliness, and encourage readers to help.

That might be by offering time to visit people in their homes, or giving expertise to help lobby for greater support for older people.

Or fund-raising, or organising events, or providing administrative support.

Or simply spotting that a neighbour or friend is suffering from chronic loneliness, and helping them to find support.

The issue of loneliness can affect so many people in so many diverse ways.

We are lucky in the Harrogate district that there are many groups focusing on different facets of this issue, and as loneliness increases as a problem in our community, those groups will be grateful for any help you can give.