‘Connect for a kinder tomorrow- new approaches to loneliness’ published on 11 December 2017 sets out some thought provoking ideas on how we might be able to create a society less lonely. It is well worth a read, setting out changes that everyone can action to make a difference in our communities.
The Commission's manifesto Combatting loneliness one conversation at a time, is a call to action to government, business and to each and every one of us to do more to tackle loneliness. The report acknowledges that government action alone cannot solve the problem.
It says loneliness is as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and affects nine million UK people. The government says new initiatives will be announced next year.
However, it says: "Tackling loneliness is a generational challenge that can only be met by concerted action by everyone - governments, employers, businesses, civil society organisations, families, communities and individuals all have a role to play.
"Working together we can make a difference."