Loneliness is more than a feeling. Together with social isolation, it is a growing public health issue here in the UK.
Despite being thought of as issues that affect largely older people, loneliness and isolation are indiscriminate and can affect anyone – from new mums to those recently bereaved.
The British Red Cross are delighted to have teamed up with The Co-op to tackle loneliness for thousands more people in communities throughout the UK.
The evidence is irrefutable – being physically active is vitally important in preventing and managing long-term conditions. However, we also know that 28% of adults in England are inactive – i.e. doing less than 30 minutes moderate activity per week. Action is needed as the number of people with long-term conditions continues to rise and put pressure on an already creaking health and care system.
The new Sport England strategy, ‘Towards an Active Nation’ is a positive step forward in ensuring that sport and physical activity is accessible, attractive and attainable for all by dedicating more funding and expertise to inactivity. The Richmond Group welcomes this strategic direction and also their collaborative approach in enabling physical activity to be the norm in England.
The Doing the Right Thing partnership are proud to announce the launch of New Philanthropy Capital's (NPC) report Untapped Potential: Bringing the voluntary sector's strengths to health and care transformation.
Last week’s first National Arts in Health Conference and Showcase set about clearly spelling out the numerous, often unrecognised, benefits of arts-related health interventions. The arts organisations were keen to overcome the barrier of the health sector seeing the arts as an additional, even fluffy ‘nice to have’, something peripheral, instead of integral to progress. Sound familiar to anyone working in the third sector?
On January 27th, the House of Lords voted to remove Clauses 13 and 14 from the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which would cut the money people on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) and the limited capability for work element of Universal Credit receive. In current payment terms, this would represent a reduction of almost £30 a week (from £102.15 to £73.10) for recipients.
The announcement has been welcomed by Richmond Group members.
As 2015 draws to a close and we are looking ahead to the coming year, we are very pleased to announce that our membership is increasing from the ten current members to include two additional charities: the Alzheimer’s Society and Arthritis Research UK.