NALC launches new event on social isolation and loneliness
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has added a new online event on social isolation and loneliness from the local council perspective, which takes place on 22 February 2023.
Social isolation and loneliness are two of the most significant health issues facing us. Social isolation, defined as the absence of social contact, can lead to low self-esteem and anxiety. Loneliness occurs when there is a mismatch between the quantity and quality of social relationships that individuals have and want to have. The Campaign to End Loneliness estimates that 45% of adults occasionally, sometimes or often feel lonely in England. Recent research on loneliness has shown that people who felt most lonely before the COVID-19 pandemic now have even higher levels of loneliness.
So why are social isolation and loneliness such a big problem? How can social prescribing and other coordinated efforts help improve the wellbeing of people who are socially isolated or lonely? And how can local (parish and town) councils get involved?
Join us to find out how to connect those suffering with practical and emotional community support and how local councils can explore options such as setting up a health and wellbeing board and employing health and wellbeing coordinators.