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Age UK reports ‘phenomenal’ response to tackling loneliness

Age UK's Victoria Dunn
Age UK's Victoria Dunn

Age UK South Tyneside bosses say they are pleased with the ‘phenomenal’ response to their campaign to tackle loneliness in the borough.

 The No One Should Have No One campaign – backed by the Gazette and South Tyneside Council – aimed to tackle loneliness by encouraging people to help the charity.

It particularly needed people to get involved with its befriending service, which puts volunteers in contact with lonely older people.

Since its launch the campaign has seen about 26 new volunteers sign up to help the charity carry out a variety of its vital services to help change the lives of South Tyneside’s lonely elderly.

Age UK also called for local and national government action to recognise loneliness as a serious health hazard and put policies in place to tackle it.

It asked the public to sign its loneliness petition to make sure no one has no one.

The petition aimed to see the Government and South Tyneside Council develop strategies to map, prevent and address loneliness; evaluate and improve existing services to combat loneliness; and invest in testing and evaluating innovative solutions to loneliness.

Victoria Dunn, campaign co-ordinator, said: “I am really pleased and so grateful for all the support Age UK South Tyneside has had during the campaign.

“To have this many volunteers in the space of a few months is phenomenal.

“It shows that there a lot of kindness and generosity out there, and it is nice to know that many people have been thinking about other people.  

“The national campaign will still continue and we are always looking for more volunteers.”