Government renews calls for conversations about loneliness during coronavirus pandemic

In April the government launched a plan to tackle loneliness and social isolation

The government is encouraging members of the public to reach out to friends, family and those who are elderly or vulnerable, to get people to talk openly about loneliness.

Charities in the UK say the coronavirus lockdown has led to an increase in loneliness and feelings of isolation among many people.


WATCH: Derek Johnson reports on renewed calls for conversations around loneliness.


In April the government launched a plan to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said loneliness would be a priority category in the £750 million charity funding package, with a £5 million boost for national loneliness organisations.

As part of the plans, the government is offering more advice on how to reach out for help through its Let's Talk Loneliness Campaign.

Shirley Hartley, from Harrogate, says loneliness is something she has experienced:

The Campaign to End Loneliness, from the charity Independent Age, is sharing ideas on how to combat social isolation.

Andy Nazer from the campaign says loneliness is an issue which much be targeted by whole communities:

For more advice on loneliness, head to the following websites: