Dance lessons for the lonely -on the NHSIvy Madziva
The UK government believes there are about 200,000 older people who have not had a single conversation with a friend or relative in over a month. Consequently, GPs notice one to five people a day who are suffering from loneliness.
Prime Minister Theresa May gave an announcement regarding a new strategy which involves giving GPs of England the permission to prescribe patients with social activities like dance classes.
“This strategy is only the beginning of delivering a long and far-reaching social change in our country – but it is a vital first step in a national mission to end loneliness in our lifetimes.”
Funding will be granted to introduce NHS patients to several activities such as cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups, by 2023. An extra £1.8m will be for community projects such as creating new community cafes, art spaces or gardens. PM Theresa May strongly considers social prescriptions would decrease demand on the NHS. Thus, improves patients’ quality of life.
The government will partner with the Royal Mail on a new scheme in Liverpool, New Malden and Whitby to provide postal workers with a front-line role in tackling loneliness.
And a network of businesses, which include the Sainsbury’s, Transport for London, the Co-op, British Red Cross, National Grid and Civil Service, all have vouched to take additional effort to encourage their employees’ health and social wellbeing.
THE JO COX FOUNDATION
The murdered Labour MP Jo Cox supervised a campaign to end loneliness before her untimely death, PM Theresa May paid tribute and said:
“Jo Cox was absolutely right to highlight the critical importance of this growing social injustice which sits alongside childhood obesity and mental wellbeing as one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.”
“I was pleased to be able to support the Loneliness Commission set up in Jo’s name and I am determined to do everything possible to take forward its recommendations.”
On behalf of the Jo Cox Foundation, Jo Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater said:
“The important thing now is to turn the dialogue and strategy into action.
“That is undoubtedly what Jo would want and for every life that is made less lonely as a result of the work she started and that we have all continued, we will take great comfort.
“I look forward to this happening in the coming months and years.”
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