Plight of 'chronically lonely' in today's news

18 October 2013

Guests enjoying one of our PACE projects

Our PACE projects are making a big difference to the lives of hundreds of lonely and isolated people as parishes and local people have come together to help those affected by loneliness.

Over the last two years, PACE has helped parish communities welcome hundreds of local people into church halls across the region where they can meet up to enjoy the company of others.

Our PACE (Parish and Community Enablement) initiative brings together the charity's experience of working in the community, the compassion of the church and the practical skills of volunteers.

Thanks to PACE, there are now regular, weekly lunch clubs, tea groups, social evenings and drop-in cafes for homeless people all over the region. Each project is bustling with people who are enjoying regular social time with others, making new friends, sharing food together and taking part in fun activities.

Community Services Manager, Kathleen Urwin said, "I'm delighted to see that there is recognition and debate about the needs of lonely people. The benefits of our PACE projects are being experienced every day by people who have found friends, reconnected with their neighbours and are leading a happier, more fulfilling life as a result."

Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt's comments on the plight of 'chronically lonely' people have been reported in the news today.