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People Select Committee to Highlight the Issue of Loneliness

The issue of loneliness across South Tyneside will be discussed at the next People Select Committee meeting.

Members will be presented with information surrounding loneliness and social isolation, how this can be linked to poor health and the services that the council currently provides for people of all ages who are affected by loneliness.

The presentation will also highlight a number of national initiatives which could be explored as options within South Tyneside such as the Chatty Café Scheme and the 'Let's Talk Loneliness' campaign.

Chair of the Committee, Councillor John McCabe, said: "Loneliness can affect people of all ages and at different stages of their lives. It is estimated that between 5 per cent and 18 per cent of UK adults feel lonely often or always.

"We must discuss the best way to approach this issue, address any concerns and find the best possible solution for members of the community who are impacted by loneliness.

"I look forward to hearing members' views and recommendations on how best to tackle the issue of loneliness within the borough."

Councillors will also be shown a presentation about the South Tyneside Health and Wellbeing Strategy which looks to improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for children, adults and families across South Tyneside.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 3 September at 10.00am at the Council Chamber, Town Hall, South Shields. Members of the public and press are both welcome.

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