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April 10, 2018 - April 11, 2018
Frome: the town trying to cure loneliness
Compassionate Frome project > “When isolated people who have health problems are supported by community groups and volunteers, the number of emergency admissions to hospital falls spectacularly.”
An amazing project was featured on the BBC World Service today:
The Town Trying to Cure Loneliness
Loneliness and isolation can trigger a host of other problems, particularly for our health. But a town in Somerset, in the United Kingdom, appears to have taken a big step towards alleviating the problem. A team in Frome has implemented a handful of simple ideas – getting people to talk about the problems they face and finding ways for them to re-engage with family, friends or social clubs – and they believe it is having a dramatic effect. The cost of emergency admissions in Frome has fallen steeply, while it rises across most of the UK. We visit the town to meet the ‘connectors’ driving the project, and the people they have helped.