In England, 51% of all people over 75 live alone and two fifths of all older people (3.9 million) say the television is their main form of company. Loneliness is a comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is worse for us than well-known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity.
Loneliness and isolation has become a priority for North Yorkshire Sport, who aim to drive positive change through physical activity across North Yorkshire. North Yorkshire Sport and Sporting Memories have come together to provide a safe environment for people affected by loneliness and isolation. The club, which will be at Harrogate Town FC, will gather people from the local area to reminisce about their favourite sporting memories, and socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.
A launch event which will be held on Monday 19 September 2016 at 1pm till 3pm and North Yorkshire Sport would like to invite any over 55s and their family and friends to come along.
The event is also open to any organisations working in the area of loneliness and isolation or with older people, and any potential volunteers that would be interested in being a part of this work. The day will be relaxing for those in attendance and participants will be encouraged to share any sporting memories they hold. Free refreshments will also be provided.
If you would like more information about the sessions please contact Simon Pierce, Development Officer at North Yorkshire Sport: firstname.lastname@example.org