Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System

Fayre aims to bring communities together and combat loneliness

September 2018
From left: Amy Brookes, Izzy Howlett, Ellie Golding, Hattie Gibbs and Jenna Brame

Following the work of the Jo Cox Commission, helping to raise awareness of the problem of loneliness, West Suffolk councils interns have created the Togetherness Fayre – an event to bring communities together and combat loneliness.

Studies have shown that loneliness can take a toll on both a person’s physical and mental health – over 9 million adults are often or always lonely (British Red Cross and Co-op) with 3.6 million people aged 65 and over that use television as their main form of company (Age UK).

The Togetherness Fayre, which took place on 8 August, brought together local businesses and charities to showcase the work they are doing in Suffolk to reduce loneliness for all people, as “young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate” (Jo Cox).

The two councils, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council have supported a number of charities and other organisations in initiatives designed to combat loneliness.