Throughout March, we are encouraging everyone in Halton to join our ‘March on Loneliness’.
Our latest campaign is aimed at raising awareness of loneliness and social isolation in Halton and to get people talking and tackling the problem.
Loneliness can affect anyone, young and old alike.
Research shows that social isolation and loneliness can be very harmful to our health. There are nine million lonely people in the UK and four million of them are older people. Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, associated with higher risks of mortality and morbidity.
From a local perspective we are fortunate in Halton to have a wide range of community initiatives designed to improve social connections and to tackle the issue of loneliness. However there is still work to be done to target hard to reach audiences and those most at risk of loneliness. Halton Borough Council is joining forces with various partners and communities to be a part of national mission to end loneliness in our lifetimes.
How can I get involved?
- You can March on Loneliness at any time or place, for as long as you like, as fast or slow as you can manage. All we ask is that you take part with others and share a photo on social media with the hashtag #HaltOnLoneliness.
- Maybe you can get your school, workplace or community group involved.
- Do you go to Parkrun? Why not use the opportunity to reach out to someone new and get them involved too: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/widnes/ or http://www.parkrun.org.uk/phoenix/
- We also have lots of health walks that take place regularly across Runcorn and Widnes. They are a great way to get active and meet new people. You can find out more here: https://activehalton.co.uk/walking/
Whatever you do, share your story and help us put a halt on loneliness.