We all have a part to play

It was good to read that Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan is promoting the work of the Jo Cox Commission on loneliness and her involvement in it (Berwick Advertiser, March 30).

By The Newsroom
Monday, 17 April, 2017, 08:00

With so many of us working long hours and leading hectic lives, it is not always easy to notice and reach out to those in our communities without social networks, family and friends.

Loneliness can impact on people of all ages, but particularly the elderly, who can find themselves isolated and lonely. Day-to-day, this can affect quality of life and even shorten life expectancy for some.

So we all do have a part to play in tackling loneliness.

We can take time to talk to neighbours, support charities such as Age UK and the Silver Line, or volunteer at our local community centre and care homes.

In a time when politicians get such a bad press, it is heartening to know that MPs are working together and trying to make a difference on such a worthwhile issue.

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I wish Anne-Marie and her colleagues success and urge readers to support the work of the commission.

Michael Fishwick

Hazel Dene Way

Seaham