Text Options
Increase Type Size ButtonDecrease Type Size ButtonRefresh Type Size Button
Helping to serve your community, Chris Evans MP Help Shape Britains Progressive Future

5th July 2017 - Islwyn MP pledges to tackle loneliness

Islwyn MP pledges to tackle loneliness Islwyn MP Chris Evans has this week signed a pledge to help tackle loneliness in his constituency, after attending an event held by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness in Westminster.

Research by Age UK found that around 10% of people aged 65 and over say they are chronically lonely. Furthermore, 200,000 people in this demographic said that they had not had a conversation with family or friends for a month. The same research suggests that people who identify as lonely are more likely to develop mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

Jo Cox set up the Commission on Loneliness with 13 organisations, including Age UK and the Co-Op, shortly before her murder last year. The Commission is continuing her legacy by raising awareness about loneliness and working to try and reduce the stigma of being lonely.

The Commission and its partners also work to raise awareness of loneliness in other demographics, including children, refugees, parents and those with disabilities. As Jo herself said, “Young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate”. It is often linked with changes in our lives; moving to a new place, having a baby, retirement or redundancy, disability or ill health, becoming a carer or the end of a relationship.

Mr Evans, who frequently attends coffee mornings and afternoons in Islwyn with his elderly constituents, said: ‘Loneliness is a big problem particularly for elderly people who are sometimes less likely to use new technologies to keep in touch with friends and family, but it can affect anyone.

‘A simple visit or phone call to friends and family members can have a positive effect on their mental and physical health if they are lonely. It costs nothing and yet it means so much.

‘I would strongly encourage anyone who has elderly friends or family who live alone to catch up with them. It could make their day.’

Click Here to View GalleryNews Archive

20.10.17 - Islwyn MP calls on government to do more to protect Coptic Christians in Egypt. read more

19.10.17 - Islwyn MP backs fight to pause 'shambolic Universal Credit. read more

18.10.17 - Islwyn MP calls for end to cruelty of hidden UK Puppy Trade. read more

17.10.17 - ‘Government must clamp down on British terror fighters’ says Islwyn MP. read more

17.10.17 - Islwyn MP hits out at ‘deeply flawed’ constituency proposals. read more

11.10.17 - 'Protect Shopworkers from violence and threats' says Islwyn MP. read more

11.10.17 - Fears raised Wales could be a dumping ground for radioactive mud. read more

02.10.17 - ‘The valleys are full of hidden artistic talent’ says Islwyn MP. read more

19.09.17 - Islwyn MP Celebrates Achievements of South Wales Industry. read more

12.09.17 - "Recognise the Vital Role Animals Played in Wartime" says Islwyn MP. read more

12.09.17 - Islwyn MP Backs Campaign to Scrap Public Sector Pay Cap. read more

20.07.17 - Rail electrification scheme ‘a shambles’, says Islwyn MP. read more

19.07.17 - MP demands action and slams ‘disgraceful’ standard of forces accommodation. read more

18.07.17 - Islwyn MP hits out at ‘overspending’ railway electrification project. read more

17.07.17 - Islwyn MP calls for extra support for mobile cancer care units read more

11.07.17 - Islwyn MP hits out at government’s ‘failed economic policies’ read more

05.07.17 - Islwyn MP pledges to tackle loneliness . read more

04.07.17 - Islwyn MP honoured by University of Wales Trinity St David’s. read more

27.04.17 - ‘The government must stop pollution deaths scandal,’ says Islwyn MP. read more

06.04.17 - ‘Defence contract shows Islwyn is the place to do business’, says Islwyn MPread more

30.03.17 - Islwyn MP hits out at ‘unfair’ TV licence extra charges. read more

29.03.17 - ‘The UK must act to end the crisis in Yemen’, says Islwyn MP. read more

23.03.17 - ‘More needs to be done about ‘disgraceful’ road pollution’ says Islwyn MP. read more

17.03.17 - ‘It is vital to counter radicalisation from returning Daesh fighters’ says Islwyn MP. read more

15.03.17 - Chancellor fails to rule out 2020 tax rise for self-employed after a question from Islwyn’s MP. read more

09.03.17 - ‘This budget is an attack on our small business owners’ says Islwyn MP. read more

03.03.17 - Islwyn MP demands answers over rail project failures. read more

23.02.17- Islwyn MP backs breathing space for families in problem debt. read more

08.02.17 - ‘Banks use unfair overdrafts to sell unneeded financial products’ says Islwyn MP. read more

07.02.17 - ‘HMRC must get tougher on rich tax avoiders,’ says Islwyn MP. read more

Visit Newsroom
© Copyright Christopher Evans 2010 | All rights reservered | Disclaimer