One of the action sub-groups is focused on social isolation. They have undertaken a scoping exercise to discover what services are available in some of our communities and where there are gaps. They also did a survey to discover some of the barriers there are to engagement for lonely people. 93 responses were received. As a group they have also been made aware that the best thing we can do is get with people ourselves, and have been take some action ourselves in inviting our neighbours round for coffee!

Local charities such as [email protected] are already working in this area. At a recent meeting David Thomas attended and spoke to us about Cycling Without Age This is an initiative designed to get lonely/isolated/elderly people out and about and to improve their mental health. He is working to get it started in Northampton.