The two organisations have published ‘Reaching out’, a guide to how councils and local organisations can work together to reach out and improve individuals’ wellbeing, as well as relieving some of the pressure on already overburdened council and health services. Loneliness affects millions of people and has far reaching implications, not just for the individual, but for families, the wider community and local services.
LGA Chairman Cllr James Jamieson said: “Councils across all tiers are increasingly recognising the added value in reaching out and working together, because it is in our interests to tackle the significant impact of loneliness and other public health challenges.
“Working together and toward a common goal we can build connected communities equipped and resourced to respond effectively to a wide range of needs.”
Cllr Sue Baxter, Chair of NALC, said: “In order to take forward the national strategy on loneliness, we must recognise local activity already under way and re-double our efforts to work more effectively in partnership across local government if we are to see real change in ending loneliness.”
- See www.local.gov.uk/reaching-out