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…

Nolan charity presents iPads and DVD players to Hywel Dda hospitals.

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Great news for patients on Hywel Dda childrens wards –

Nolan Charity Fund recently presented iPads and DVD players to Bronglais, Glangwili and Withybush hospitals worth over £1,300.

The iPads and DVD players will make a huge difference to patient experience and will go towards making a stay in hospital as relaxing and comfortable as possible while keeping children amused during their illness.

The Nolan Charity Fund is a Welsh charity set up in 2015 by uPVC businessman Nolan Nicholas to work hand in hand for the benefit of worthy causes in Wales. Sarah Cleevely, Fundraising & Events Manager, Nolan Charity Fund, said: , “I was delighted to meet the staff on the new children’s ward at Withybush Hospital and to be able to present them with iPads and DVD players. I am pleased that the Nolan Charity Fund has been able to provide Hywel Dda Health Charities with this support and the children in its care. I hope the equipment we have donated will go some way in providing the children visiting Withybush, Bronglais and Glangwili hospitals with some comfort during their stay.”

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#TeamHarding makes a difference.

Luke Harding's effort pays off for Pembrokeshire charity fundraising

Pembrokeshire based Luke Harding decided that he would like to raise funds for Paul Sartori recently, adding “Paul Sartori and a couple of other local charities were chosen, as the work you all do in the local community is unquestionable and goes a long way.”

Luke raised money at the ‘Have a Laugh Comedy Club’ charity night at Theatre Gwaun in Fishguard where fundraising efforts from ticket sales and the raffle raised £1300.  Paul Sartori Foundation benefitted from his fundraising, along with Shalom and Ward 10 at Withybush Hospital.

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Inspirational Elly Neville celebrates 2 years of fundraising for cancer ward.

photograph of Elly Neville who is raising £100,000

On the 1st of May 2015 a five year old girl from Pembroke Dock decided that she wanted to start raising money to help the ward that treated her father. She was hoping on raising £50 but two years on, she’s closing in on raising nearly £100,000!

Her story is truly remarkable…

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Where to stay in Pembrokeshire…

Where to stay on Year of Legends Trail

Shepherds Hut, North Pembrokeshire.

Beautiful shepherds hut at Eglwyswrw, between Newport, Pembrokeshire and Cardigan. Quiet location with far reaching views to the south over The Preselis. Bring your horse! – Yes your horse is welcome, too. Owner, Tony is a keen rider and can share the best places to ride locally – The nearby Preselis are a favourite.

Find out more and book at:

            Book Your Accommodation here…

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