Loneliness Commission 2018


Loneliness is everywhere and we are all likely to be lonely from time to time, but it gets much worse under certain circumstances, such as when we move house, change schools, seek asylum, leave the armed forces, develop a health condition, leave care or become a carer. Under these conditions, as well as when we become a parent, change jobs, leave work, have a family breakdown or are bereaved, loneliness can become chronic. And it is expensive. One study shows it’s the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. it costs the health services £2.5 billion a year and could cost a lot more.
Now a coalition of 13 charities have come up with a report Jo Cox Loneliness, start a conversation. Combatting loneliness one conversation at a time that urges action. The government responded last week by appointing a Minister for Loneliness to see the report does not get forgotten. The charities came together to honour the murdered MP Jo Cox’s who believed that something must be done about the national scourge of loneliness. They want us as a nation and as individuals to anticipate and manage the loneliness that is coming our way, to avoid it if possible, and for individuals to develop resilience against it. The year-long commission on Loneliness was chaired by the MPs Seema Kennedy and Rachel Reeves to realise Jo’s vision.
At the moment for 3.5 million people over the age of 65, the television is their main companion. Even young parents are saying that half of them have felt lonely and one in five said they felt lonely just the week before they were questioned. Carers are also prone to loneliness with eight out of ten saying they feel lonely or isolated because they are looking after a loved one. Refugees and asylum seekers find loneliness and isolation one of the biggest problems and one in ten men say they are lonely but would never admit it.
So what to do? The report urges strong national leadership, a national measure of loneliness and national action. It wants the government to co-ordinate and galvanise local groups who are already involved so that there will be a national strategy to reduce loneliness across the whole age range. Every year the office of National Statistics should report on the results of a national indicator of loneliness that would illuminate the causes of loneliness. It wants a programme to find out what works best and wants Public Health England to get that message across. The London School of Economics has findings that suggest public services could save £6000 over ten years for every person whose loneliness is reduced. People die from loneliness as much as they die from other major diseases.
The report also wants the government to work with Trusts and Foundations and other funds to find new ways to tackle loneliness and provide money for community action. It wants political and business leaders as well as leaders of services such as the NHS, Fire, Police. Ambulance and employers all to see what they can do to tackle loneliness both in their policies and amongst their own work forces.
And the report wants us all to play our part. “We need to check our relationship balances at lease as often as we check our bank balances and think about whether we have got the connections we need to keep going.” Could we do more to keep relationships or find new ones, it asks. We all need to think about our families, neighbours and the wider community and consider who might be feeling lonely. It might be that all we need to do is let them know we are happy to chat. We need, it says, to create connection-friendly communities, making sure that everyone feels welcome into our group.
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Parish Day on Sunday 17 September

Displaying the proposals for the new Marian statue, the new kitchen( hidden behind the pillar) the Asylum Seekers Drop-in and the parish activities

This link (which I think you will have to out) should show Mike Quirke’s proposal for Stella Maris.

Deaths of young people in Manchester

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

the news of 22 deaths in Manchester last night, 22nd May and of many people who were injured as a result of a person exploding a bomb attached to himself is the occasion for us to pray for all those who have died, their families and their friends.

May God receive the innocent dead into his Kingdom of light and love.

May He be with all those who are suffering in their bodies and in their spirit from this terrible moment of violence against themselves or against those they love.

May Blessed Mary, Mother of Our Lord, who herself watched with such grief and suffering the pain and death of her own beloved Son, attend to the needs of those who are now suffering, support those who are ministering to those who are suffering   and pray Jesus  that He will ask his Heavenly Father to bring healing to those in such pain.

May Mary’s prayers join with ours as we ask Jesus to petition the Father for an end to these terrible moments of violence against the innocent, may he help us build communities of peace and care for each other.

May all of us who call ourselves the Body of Christ be people of helpfulness and support, nurturing and loving wherever we can and joining with all people of goodwill to build a new Jerusalem, shared by all in harmony and peace in this lovely country in which we are blessed to live.

May God bless us all and be with those who are suffering so much today. In our prayers at this evening’s mass at 7pm we will remember them all.

Fr Bill

Our Facebook group is Our Lady of Perpetual Help SW6