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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Meetup: Pembrokeshire Culture Club

Meetup - Pembrokeshire Culture Club

Do you enjoy the arts and culture? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people and share these interests? Pembrokeshire Culture Club could be for you… Open to any … Read more…

The Residents Association – Chapter 9

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ASSUMPTIONS CONFOUNDED….IN A GOOD WAY.

Ruby set off for home with a heavy heart. She avoided calling in on Dawn, even though she had some toys for the children. Instead she went home and absently began to prepare the evening meal.

It was in the kitchen that Monty found her; her shoulders stiff. Her eyes, when he pulled her head gently around to look at him, were wet with unshed tears.

“Not good news then?”

She shook her head, allowing herself to be led to the sofa. With her head in the hollow of Monty’s shoulder, his arm about her, she recounted the day’s events.

“So they can’t stay in the chalet?”

“Doesn’t look like it. What are they going to do Monty?”

Monty squeezed her tightly, “We’ll think of something.”

But even as he spoke, he knew that any whiff of the authorities and Dawn and her little family would almost certainly disappear.

That night they ate their meal with little appetite. They had agreed to say nothing to Dawn just yet.

“Let’s sleep on it,” Monty had suggested, “Maybe something will turn up.”

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Newgale – New Route?

Climate change and the A487

Storm damaged trees Brandybrook valley, Pembrokeshire
Storm damaged trees Brandybrook valley, inland from Newgale.

It’s not often that very strong winds and gales in St Brides Bay penetrate far into the Brandybrook valley, but the storms in late January 2014 were something different and we lost about a dozen trees on our patch at Roch Mill. As all locals know, with any serious storm there’s a fair chance that the A487 road will be closed across Newgale beach. So, with gales forecast, we were expecting a bit of extra traffic on our minor road at Roch Bridge. This C-class road doubles as the emergency “by-pass”, all 7km of it. The narrow twisty lanes are not well suited to heavy A-road traffic but once in a while, it’s liveable with. Mind you, I’m not so sure the hundreds of delayed travellers would agree.

Our first realisation that this had happened in a big way was when a bus started backing onto our driveway, along with a couple of other vehicles!

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Nigel J Bevans’ Top 10 places – Photograph Pembrokeshire 2017

Solva by Nigel J bevans

When I first wrote about my Top Ten Places in Pembrokeshire to photograph in 2016, I mentioned that this list changes on a regular basis as I visit new places or simply fall more in love with others and, true to my word, the list has changed, so here are my personal 10 favourite photography locations in Pembrokeshire as it stands now…

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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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Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Feature image Freshwater West by Nigel J. Bevans

Featured image – Through the dunes at Freshwater West.

Audio – Coming soon – this blog will be available as Podcast…

It is midwinter in Wales and I’m standing on a deserted beach – and I’m completely naked and letting the warm December sun dry me off. Because I’ve just been swimming in the sea (which on a bright day like this doesn’t feel anywhere near as cold as you might fear) and because I neglected to bring a towel with me.

I should hasten to add that there is no one else on the sands at Porthmynawyd Bay, and in fact no one else probably for a mile or so in either direction along the coast. That’s why I couldn’t resist discarding my clothes for a quick impromptu dip…

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