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Staff will take time in their rounds to speak to the lonely and vulnerable in three pilot schemes, the PM will announce today
POSTIES are to be thrown into the front line of Theresa May’s war against loneliness – by “checking up” on vulnerable Brits.
The PM will today reveal postal workers will take time out of their usual delivery round to speak to lonely and isolated people as she launches a cross-Government Loneliness Strategy.
GPs will also be asked to prescribe social activities such as community art clubs or cooking classes for the lonely.
And Ministers will launch a review of the impact the explosion of social media is having on loneliness among Britain’s youth.
Some 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative for over a month. And GPs claim loneliness can be linked to conditions such as heart disease or Alzheimer’s.
The PM will say: “Loneliness is a reality for too many people in our society today. IT can affect anyone of any age and background.
“This strategy is only the beginning of delivering a long and far reaching social change in our country.”
Postal workers launched a pioneering ‘Call and Check’ service in Jersey on the Channel Islands four years ago – with staff chatting to OAPs, help arrange grocery deliveries or book doctor’s appointments for them.
The Royal Mail has approved trials of a similar scheme in Liverpool, Whitby and New Malden in Surrey.
Theresa May committed £20 million for charities and community projects tackling the misery of loneliness in June.
It followed a ground-breaking report from the Jo Cox Commission established by the Labour MP murdered during the Referendum campaign.
Announcing the strategy today, the PM will say three quarters of GPs claim to see between one and five people a day suffering with loneliness.
A survey earlier this month claimed 16 to 24 year-olds were the “most likely” to feel lonely because of the pressure to present a perfect life on social media.
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch was given the brief of ‘Minister for Loneliness’ in January.
Speaking yesterday she said businesses from Sainsbury’s to the National Grid and British Red Cross had also signed up to do more to help their staff cope with feeling lonely.
She said: “Nobody should feel alone or be left with no one to turn to. Loneliness is a serious issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds and it is right that we tackle it head on.”