Following on from the very successful Senior Tea Dances last year, Moorlands MP, Karen Bradley was delighted to host ‘Beyond the Front Door’ - a Conference to raise awareness of Loneliness and Isolation.
17th – 21st June is Loneliness Awareness week and the aim of this Conference was to bring together interested professionals, organisations and charities from every community in Staffordshire Moorlands to hear what the issues are, what is already happening in Staffordshire Moorlands and what could work well here in the future.
The idea was prompted by Government initiatives on tackling loneliness and isolation, taking forward the proposals made by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.
Karen invited representatives from churches and faith groups, GP surgeries, Parish Councils and Village Hall Committees as well as key people such as Council leads for Public Health, the Community Nursing team, the Mental Health team, Councillors, local doctors and health professionals, representatives from the Police and Fire Services as well as many voluntary organisations and charities.
After officially opening the Conference, Karen played a video message from Mims Davies MP, the Minister for Loneliness who spoke about how the Government is committed to delivering an ambitious programme to tackle Loneliness.
This was followed by presentations from representatives from Staffordshire CCGs, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, a senior occupational therapist, a local doctor, representatives from Staffordshire Police and the Fire Services, local and national charities.
It was especially useful to hear from local community groups such as Sporting Communities, the Werrington Community Volunteers and the Biddulph Local People’s programme who are already doing such great work locally on this important issue.
Many local charities also had stands at the event.
“I am delighted that the event was so well attended and created such interest. My aim was to bring together people and organisations in Staffordshire Moorlands who are already working to tackle this important issue and see how we can all work together in the future.
It was so interesting and useful to hear from the many different people and organisations present. ‘Beyond the Front Door’ is just the beginning and I believe there is a great deal that we can all do now to follow up on this event.”