Lottery awards cash to tackle loneliness

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Lottery cash awarded to tackle loneliness in Sheffield

The money was awarded to South Yorkshire Housing Association by the Big Lottery Fund.

It will be spent on leading partnership of 11 organisations using creative and innovative methods to help people at risk of loneliness across Sheffield.

The project will focus on those with low incomes, carers, people in black and minority ethnicity communities, those experiencing poor mental health and those with limiting conditions.

Money will be spent training 1,000 frontline workers including housing officers, pharmacists and supermarket staff to recognise loneliness.

Juliann Hall, care health and wellbeing director at SYHA, said: “We know that loneliness has a terrible effect - doubling the risk of dementia, tripling the risk of heart conditions and having an effect on mortality equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”

Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund England’s chairman, said: “There are concerns about a ticking time bomb facing adult social care, but older people have a wealth of experience and skills to offer their communities.”