The Prime Minister has written to Contact the Elderly expressing his support of its ongoing campaign to end loneliness and social isolation felt by older people in our society.
Contact the Elderly founder Trevor Lyttleton MBE wrote to the Prime Minister urging him to recognise the problems that millions of older people face across England, Scotland and Wales.
‘I will be grateful if you take immediate steps to resolve this sad and continuing blemish on our society,’ wrote Lyttleton.
‘As you celebrate your victory please help us celebrate our Golden Jubilee by recognising our cost-effective, tried and tested, face-to-face friendship links that receive no government support but make a huge difference.’
The Prime Minister’s office responded on 3 June in support of Contact the Elderly’s mission to make loneliness and social isolation a key health priority.
‘The Prime Minister recognises the impact of loneliness and social isolation on older people's health. That is why tackling these problems remains a priority for the Government. The Department of Health is raising awareness of these issues and helping local health and wellbeing boards and commissioners to improve their measurements of loneliness and social isolation in local communities.
‘The Government is committed to making this country a great place to grow old in. We are putting reforms in place in a number of areas to enable public services and the wider society to adapt and respond to both the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population.
‘Local Government and the voluntary sector also have an important part to play in the development of services for older people. Organisations like Contact the Elderly continue to have a major role in shaping our society and the Prime Minister supports your campaign.’
One of the ways Contact the Elderly is celebrating its Jubilee year is with its Golden Jubilee concert at St Paul’s Cathedral on October 29. Supporters of the charity are invited to the concert which will be a mix of musical and classical greats from London’s brightest young musicians from The London Choral Sinfonia led by conductor Michael Waldron. Readings from special guests such as Maureen Lipman and a chance for everyone to sing along together at the end of the evening will recreate the joyous atmosphere of the Contact the Elderly tea parties. Buy your tickets here.