Government push to fight loneliness with new funding

Sense has responded to today’s announcement by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), that charities and community groups will receive £20 million of new funding, to help isolated people and those experiencing loneliness.

Sense has been calling on the Government to address loneliness in disabled people, following the publication of their report ‘Someone cares if I’m not there: Addressing loneliness in disabled people’ last year. The report highlights the impact of loneliness and sets out a series of cross-sector recommendations to help tackle social isolation amongst individuals.

Kate Fitch, Director of Policy and Communications at disability charity Sense, said:

“We welcome today’s announcement by the DCMS on funding to tackle loneliness, and hope that it will support programmes to bring people together and help disabled people make connections in their communities.

We know that loneliness amongst disabled people is a significant issue facing this country and our report highlighted the negative impact it can have on health and emotional wellbeing. Our research found that a quarter of disabled people feel lonely on a typical day and it’s vital that this is addressed as part of the Government’s response to loneliness.

There are many practical barriers to establishing social connections, such as physical access to transport and premises, financial support and appropriate social care.

Alongside this funding, we are calling for the wider, cross government strategy on loneliness to address loneliness in disabled people and assess how current policies, for example those relating to transport, can impact on the lives of disabled people.”