Local Council Leaders, Community Champions and statutory
representatives, together with faith and community groups came together at
Richmond Village Nantwich last week to address the increasing problem of
loneliness and isolation in th elderly.
A task group consisting of key stakeholders, including
Councillor Janet Clowes, the Portfolio Holder for Health & Adult Wellbeing
in Cheshire East, Sharon Angus-Crawshaw, Nantwich Local Area Partnership
Manager, Lucia Scally, Senior Manager for Public Health Commissioning, Jacquie
Grinham, Chief Officer for Cheshire East Citizens Advice Bureau North, Carolyn
McQuaker, Senior Representative of the Faith Sector and Richmond Village
Nantwich’s Village Advisor, Nicola Tooke organised the event at the Village to
help begin developing strategic long term thinking and planning to address
these issues across the Borough. This had been partly inspired by findings from
a survey conducted by the “Campaign to End Loneliness” which cited loneliness
and social isolation as being “as big a killer as heart disease and diabetes”,
something backed up by studies undertaken by the Association of Retirement
Communities (ARCO) of which Richmond Villages are a founder member.
The event proved to be a huge success and included a
presentation by Darren Sterling from “The Silver Line”, a telephone service set
up for elderly people by Esther Rantzen, which has recently undergone a trial
period and is now being launched nationwide.
The event finished with “pledges” being made by the
attendees as to how they would help address social isolation in the Borough.
A further meeting will be held in Macclesfield this Friday
with Nicola attending as part of the Task Group which will continue to meet
over the coming months.