Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham attended a reception hosted by the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission and Sense aiming to highlight the issue of loneliness among disabled persons. During this event Sense released their report on the important issue of loneliness among disabled people.
This event highlighted where the government can help disabled people in social isolation as well as its shortcomings on the issue. The event was a fantastic opportunity for Alex to meet disabled people and hear their stories of how loneliness affected them.
Loneliness among disabled people can be caused by any number of reasons. Financial concerns, poor access to transport and services as well as social barriers can all contribute to a person feeling unable to interact with and contribute to society.
Commenting after the reception, Alex said:
“This event raised a highly important issue of loneliness and social isolation among disabled people. Loneliness comes in many forms and for many reasons, without the right assistance disabled people may feel unable to interact with society in a meaningful way, we cannot accept this.
“Sense and the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission have done a fantastic job of raising awareness of loneliness among disabled people to MPs and wider society.”
For further information, please contact Alex’s office on 020 7219 7157
Someone cares if I’m not there: Addressing loneliness in disabled people can be found at: https://www.sense.org.uk/loneliness.