Why are we needed?
There are 1.2 million older people in England who are ‘chronically lonely’, according to Age UK. Loneliness is thought to be as harmful for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and may be linked to dementia. 30% of older people would like to go out more often.
In Bristol, 20% of men and 30% of women aged 65-74 live alone; 34% of men and 61% of women aged 75 and over live alone. We know that between 7-10% of people aged over 50 feel socially isolated (Bristol City Council’s Joint Needs Strategic Assessment). These are the people we are trying to reach and support through Community Navigators Bristol.