This week is Loneliness Awareness Week. Following research by Age UK there are almost 1 million older people across the United Kingdom who often feel lonely. There are many factors which contribute to this feeling of isolation among older people, such as health related problems, a lack of social contacts or reduced mobility.

This Loneliness Awareness Week I want my constituents who are feeling lonely to know that there is support available and that there is an Age UK helpline – 0800 678 1602. I would also like to recognise the work of many local groups who provide support for those feeling lonely too.