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Commissioner welcomes findings of Inquiry into loneliness and isolation

07.12.17

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said:

“The findings of the Inquiry into loneliness and isolation undertaken by the National Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, published today, not only provide an important reminder of the scale of loneliness and the devastating impact it has on people’s lives, but also make clear the need for far more action, with strong leadership from the Welsh Government, to tackle this modern epidemic and major public health issue.  

“I strongly welcome the Committee’s recommendations and their focus on ensuring a more joined-up approach – across government departments, our public services and the third sector – to prevent and tackle loneliness and isolation.

“Loneliness and isolation is something that could affect any of us and I expect, as will older people across Wales, the Welsh Government to take meaningful action in response to the report and its recommendations. 

“I will also play my part as Commissioner by continuing to work with partners at both a national and local level through my Ageing Well in Wales programme, which includes tackling loneliness and isolation as one of its core themes.”