In a visit to charity Age Connects Cardiff last Friday, the Welsh Liberal Democrats highlighted the growing crisis of loneliness across Wales and the need to urgently address it.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds, Health Spokesperson Cllr Bablin Molik and Equalities Spokesperson Cllr Rhys Taylor spoke to staff at Age Connects Cardiff. They heard about how staff are delivering their Healthy and Active Partnership and Community Volunteer Support Programme, both of which are tackling loneliness and isolation.
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats commented:
Loneliness is a serious issue, with half a million people across Wales reporting feeling lonely. No-one should be forced to feel isolated and alone and I applaud the fantastic work Age Connects Cardiff are doing to make this a reality. I’m grateful to them for letting us hear about their work today. The Welsh Liberal Democrats will do everything in our power to tackle loneliness across Wales and I urge other parties to do the same.
Councillor Bablin Molik, Welsh Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson said:
Our relationships with our friends and families are pivotal to our health and wellbeing and loneliness can be devastating for our mental and physical health alike. Those with mental and physical illness, including older people are particularly vulnerable to loneliness, which in turn worsens their health further. As Wales’ population continues to age, these issues will only become more acute and we must be ready to face them.