Campaign to End Loneliness Pembrokeshire.

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A National Campaign to End Loneliness reached Pembrokeshire this week and was the focus of a day-long seminar at Letterston Memorial Hall on Thursday.

Supported by Big Lottery Funding and, in Pembrokeshire, by Pembrokeshire County Council, this initiative acknowledges that ‘Loneliness is horrible’.

Novelist Emily Dickinson described it as “…the horror not to be surveyed….the quiet devastation.”

Novelist Emily Dickinson described it as “…the quiet devastation, the horror not to be surveyed.”

Campaign to End Loneliness.

Discussion centred around a search for applied local strategies to help relieve loneliness in our communities and so improve lives; to achieve positive health outcomes and reduce the impact that, as research clearly shows, loneliness has on morbidity and mortality – yes, it’s a bigger indirect killer than heart disease and obesity and other chronic diseases.

Loneliness shortens lives and renders life unbearable for sufferers.

 

Adverse effects of loneliness on health:

  • Increased stress – associated with boredom, restriction of free movement – #campaigntoendlonelinessconfinement.
  • Weight gain or weight loss – effects of low mood, isolation – perhaps leading to insufficient or sub-optimal dietary intake / poor nutrition.
  • Depression and anxiety – and more severe risks to self, secondary to these.

What helps to relieve loneliness?

Here are just a few…. please add your own suggestions in the comments section below, following this article…

Sharing…

  • A heart to heart hug.
  • Therapeutic touch.
  • *Contact and communication…. Women tend to prefer face to face contact (more appropriate when anyone seeks ‘understanding’ or emotional support; whereas men enjoy ‘shoulder to shoulder’ activities – the Men’s Shed initiative is an excellent example of this – ‘tangible support’, working together to solve a problem.
  • *Meaningful invitations to share time together – even 10 minutes contact is proven to bring about a release of hormones that affect a positive sense of wellbeing (Oxytocin).
  • Singing.*
  • Conversation.*
  • Considered seating arrangements.*
  • Cultural sensitivity.*
  • Listening.*
  • Inter-generational meeting places.*

* These asterisks denote an interaction that can be facilitated when visiting someone who is lonely, and perhaps housebound and unable to access all that we take for granted;

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Taking dogs to Pembrokeshire County Show?

aerial view Pembrokeshire County Show
WATCH THE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM DAY ONE inside…

Look out for horse riding: Seren James, Helen Parry & 10 year old, Emily Locke – all featured…. check back for more over weekend. 

Oh yes! Pembrokeshire County Show is a dog-friendly day out.

On the first day of the 2017 show the sun came out after some torrential rain the day before – a few issues for parking with parts under water and some muddy patches, but otherwise all set for a grand day out. Dogs on leads with responsible owners equipped with pooh bags are made very welcome. We decided to take our 2-year-old Border Collie, Cwtch, to see how she got on!

 

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New to our Shop!

Rachel Mullett - Pembrokeshire Moments

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In collaboration with Pembrokeshire Moments we’re delighted to bring you Rachel Mullet’s exclusive, high quality Pembrokeshire photographic gifts.

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Our Community Footprint…

feature image representing Pembrokeshire Life Online a social enterprise in pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Life Online as a Community Interest Company.

In 2017, in addition to publishing the blog and mobile app, we’ll be contributing to initiatives and activities that support and benefit the community and economy of Pembrokeshire.

Sharing this platform, and the skills and talents of our team and contributors, we’ll collaborate with business owners, event organisers, ngo’s, thought leaders and influencers to help promote the best of Pembrokeshire using our multimedia approach.

As part of that process, some content will be tailored to share as Pembs USB-TV Programmes to help enhance the lives and well-being of housebound residents who have become – or are at risk of becoming – isolated, lonely, bored and disconnected – and who are easily overlooked.

We will welcome and support anyone who is interested in becoming involved:

Pilot Study – PembsLifeOnline USB-TV

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