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West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership is launching a new campaign that aims to help prevent loneliness and social isolation in communities today.

The ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign encourages people to do simple things to look out for one another to help improve the wellbeing of other residents in the area.

According to research from The Health Foundation (December 2018), social isolation can increase the risk of having a stroke by a third, and older people who live alone are 50% more likely to visit  A&E than those who live with others.

Findings published in Age UK’s new report “All the lonely people. Loneliness amongst older people” (2018) shows that the number of older people who are lonely is rising quickly. This could be a major public health concern because if loneliness is not addressed it can seriously affect people’s health and wellbeing.

The ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign hopes to inspire people to reach out to those who live alone or might need help, and encourage then to do simple things for them that will make a difference to their wellbeing. This could be anything from picking up some shopping to saying “hello” or even something as simple as giving a wave next time they see their neighbours.


Around 200 organisations have pledged their support to take part in the campaign from local dementia friendly cafes to sports clubs (including Leeds Rhinos Foundation & Wakefield Trinity Rugby Club Community Trust), Harrogate Football Club and the Yorkshire Sports Foundations, to housing providers, the Piece Hall Trust, Andy’s Man Club, Macmillan Cancer Charity, hospitals, councils and mental health and wellbeing organisations – the list is endless. Please look out for the “Looking out for our neighbours” pack available from reception.

Kind regards

Helen Walker

Priory View Medical Centre.





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