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Answers to Questions: Tackling Loneliness

by prestwichfocus on 30 January, 2019

At the last full meeting of Bury Council, Liberal Democrat Councillor Mary D’Albert asked for an update on what the Council is doing to tackle loneliness amongst older people.

Q. “Could the Leader of the Council inform members what work the Council is undertaking to identify, and to reduce, levels of loneliness in older people?”

The Council’s response:
“We have completed our Bury Loneliness and Isolation strategy, which will complement projects under the Friendly Bury banner, dealing with Dementia, Autism, Ageing Well and Carers.

Action plans are being developed for each of these themes and consultation on their design will begin in March with our health and social care partners, the VCFA and local community groups.

The Loneliness and Isolation project group will take this work forward. The group is led by the Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing and includes representatives from Bury Council, Bury CCG, Bury VCFA, Manchester University, Salford University, Groundwork Ambition for Ageing and Loneliness Connects Us All.

We aim to hold a community workshop in Whitefield in early March, followed by a health and social care professionals’ workshop, and bring the results into an action plan.
The workshop will complement a pilot project working with GPs, local organisations and services in Whitefield, Unsworth and Pilkington Park areas, and the results of this could be extended to other parts of Bury.

There are a number of projects and activities already in existence that are aimed at people living with dementia or autism and older people such as peer support groups, Men in Sheds, dementia cafes and Buddy’s that have a major impact upon reducing loneliness and social isolation even though this is not their primary focus.

Existing services are promoted on the Bury Directory, increase signposting them there.”

Please do get in touch with your experiences of the above services and/or ideas for further work the Council should be considering.

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