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A loneliness summit in Walcot gathered together members from the healthcare sector, Swindon Bus Company, charities like Care Home Volunteers, and the Swindon Seniors Forum to discuss what they could do to reach out to people in need of social support. An afternoon of talks and workshops helped determine how transport and mental health services could tackle the problem, in line with the government's new loneliness strategy.
Dr Eric Halliday said: "I'm impressed by the amount of and breadth of people here and I think this is a really good idea. Norman Edwards from Care Home Volunteers said: "40, people in care have no external contact and we have a responsibility for their well-being. Younger members of society can also experience severe loneliness for a range of different reasons. Annie Vickers from the City of Sanctuary said: "When people come to the UK and they don't know anyone, they have no friends or family, and sometimes they can't even make themselves understood due to a language barrier, it can feel very isolating.
Rosemary Curtis, who helps organise the Big Breakfast for homeless people and works at Nythe Community Centre, said: "It's a multi-generational issue. We have an aging population in Nythe, and homeless people can feel very lonely. He said: "It was really good to bring people together from different corners of the community to drill down into the causes of loneliness and work out an integrated approach we can use to tackle them. The next summit will be held in spring to build on the work being carried out by the various groups involved.
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