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Villager Magazine – April 2016
“THE VOYAGE” – A CAMPAIGN TO END LONELINESS
Last month I was invited to a special celebration event at which Bob Chilcott, who is one of the most active composers and choral conductors in Britain today, conducted the world premiere of his new work called The Voyage. The opera explores life and loneliness across the generations through music.
This event was in aid of The Campaign to End Loneliness, which was launched in 2011, to inspire thousands of organizations and people to do more to tackle the health threat of loneliness in older age. It is governed by 5 organizations, Age UK Oxfordshire, Independent Age, Manchester City Council, Royal Voluntary Service and Sense, and works alongside more than 2,500 supporters, all tackling loneliness in older age.
The Campaign is made up of a network of national, regional and local organizations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels. But we know that this only makes a difference if real people, at a local level, get involved.
The Campaign to End Loneliness believes that nobody who wants company should be without it. They want to make this happen by ensuring that:
- People most at risk of loneliness are reached and supported
- Services and activities are more effective at addressing loneliness
- A wider range of loneliness services and activities are developed
They have some wonderful ideas on their website www.campaigntoendloneliness.org and the activities they suggest chime exactly with what we want to achieve at Whiteley. The music was very moving and gave voice to this profoundly insidious malady by touching the heart. On a personal level I would urge everyone here to think about the times when you too have experienced that sense of isolation and just like Bob Chilcott, start to “conduct” your own tune to end loneliness here at Whiteley.
If you need any help with this then do let me know. If you are lonely, please call Agnes and her Support Services Team on 01932 825846.
Chandra McGowan, CEO