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Community initiative launched to combat social isolation in older men

14/03/2016

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new initiative which aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness in older men.

“Isolation is linked to poor mental health. Giving men a place to go where they can meet others and encouraging them to take part in social activities helps to combat loneliness and feelings of isolation. This in turn improves wellbeing.”

Community Safety Officer Rachel Spruce

A community group just for men will meet at Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station every Tuesday from 1.30pm - 3pm. The first meeting will take place on March 15.
 
The purpose of the group is to provide a platform for retired men to socialise, take part in activities and strengthen their links within the wider community.

According to The International Longevity Centre more than 1.2 million men aged over 50 reported a moderate to high degree of social isolation during 2012-2013.

In total, 710,000 men aged over 50 reported a high degree of loneliness.

The number of older men living alone is projected to rise by 65 per cent between now and 2030. 

Recent research from the ‘Movember Foundation’ mirrors these findings stating that 19 per cent of men over 55 say they do not have a close friend.

Community Safety Officer Rachel Spruce said: “Isolation is linked to poor mental health. Giving men a place to go where they can meet others and encouraging them to take part in social activities helps to combat loneliness and feelings of isolation. This in turn improves wellbeing.”