CAPTION: Bishop Robert's Christmas message

Beating the curse of loneliness this Christmas

Posted: 15th December, 2017

AN epidemic of loneliness is making us all ill, says Bishop Robert, in his video message this Christmas. Figures showing that nearly a fifth of older people see family, friends or loved ones less than once a week, and some less than once a month are truly disturbing, he warns.

And loneliness can affect people, whatever their age, with young adults and those in middle age just as likely to  be struggling with isolation.

A new café at St John’s Church in Bridgetown, Totnes has opened up to help people who are feeling lonely, under the strapline ‘making it difficult to be lonely in Bridgetown’.

Curate Steven Jones said the response from all ages has been staggering, with young parents with children just as likely to visit as elderly people.

Christmas is an opportunity to try and banish loneliness in our community, by showing others that they matter to us – and by doing that, we in turn will thrive, says Bishop Robert.