Charity launches 'Make Someone's Day' campaign to tackle loneliness

A campaign has been started by a charity in Birmingham to combat what it calls epidemic levels of loneliness and isolation.

Ageing Better predicts that by 2020, more than half of all over-65s in the city will be living by themselves - more than most other parts of the UK.

57,000

over 65s will be living alone in Birmingham by 2020.

The charity has now started a campaign called 'Make Someone's Day' which encourages neighbours to check in on and chat with each other.

Community groups are also being set up as part of the initiative.

She said it could be days without speaking to someone as she'd spend a lot of time in the house with the curtains closed, only interacting with the shopkeeper when she went to buy alcohol.

Thanks to the project, she says, she's been able meet new people and bond with them through shared experiences.

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