Be Social, Be Well was created from existing literature and research. It included a number of personal stories that demonstrate the impact loneliness can have on individuals.
The practical element of Be Social, Be Well focuses on some of the many services available across North Yorkshire which can reduce or prevent loneliness and isolation. It seeks to inspire everyone to tackle loneliness encouraging early intervention and a preventative approach.
This framework is based on five strategic ambitions:
- Eliminate stigma.
- Make connection easier.
- Kindness in communities.
- Foster meaningful relationships.
- Build enlightened services.
These 5 aims form the basis of an action plan, to which a number of partners across the county are committed and which can be used as a checklist for any organisation looking to reduce loneliness amongst their communities and/or client base.