Loneliness is a feeling that feels real

The Loneliness Strategy

Launch message from Community First Yorkshire:

Endorsed by the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board, the strategy draws from the lived experiences of people living in the county, as well as an extensive review of existing literature and research about loneliness and isolation. While there are many parallels with the national strategy for loneliness, A Connected Society, this strategy focuses on the diverse nature of communities in North Yorkshire – England’s largest county – recognising the range of needs of people in each district.

Be Social, Be Well explores loneliness across all age groups, highlighting the different types of loneliness and groups most at risk. It shines a spotlight on work done by local voluntary, community and public sector organisations to help tackle loneliness in North Yorkshire, and outlines services and interventions that may help prevent people from becoming lonely.

Most notably the strategy presents five strategic ambitions . . . .

  • Eliminate stigma
  • Make connection easier
  • Kindness in communities
  • Foster meaningful communities
  • Build enlightened services

. . . . . and includes a framework for action to help those who are working in local services or are part of community groups in North Yorkshire to turn these ambitions into a reality.

This is a crucial document for any whose role impacts on individuals, localities or infrastructure whether working on the ground, in procurement or decision-making positions. It applies at community, district and county levels and will be particularly useful for district councils who want to produce strategies for their areas, as well as local policy makers and service providers.

Read the full strategy here or download the summary here.  (the summary is reproduced below)

Be Social, Be Well has been produced as part of The Loneliness Campaign – a multi-partner project led by Community First Yorkshire and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, with additional funding from North Yorkshire County Council, DEFRA and Community First Yorkshire. The project will run to the end of 2020 and involves a steering group of voluntary and public sector organisations. The project is led by Community First Yorkshire who have produced the strategy.

Please share this email with any colleagues or others who may be interested in the strategy and don’t hesitate to respond to this email if you require any further information.

Kind regards,

Laura Thomas
Project Manager
Community First Yorkshire.

To make it easier for busy people, this is the Executive summary:



And here is the national strategy document with a great cartoon life loneliness map.


Have you been there? Got the T-shirt? Your experience can be a help to others. We meet many people every day, although we may not share words. What might be causing them concern?

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