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We’re getting together with our neighbours to end social isolation

'Looking out for our neighbours’, the campaign to combat loneliness and isolation across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, alongside local supporters in Wakefield are proud to back The Jo Cox Foundation’s ‘Great Get Together’ taking place from 21 – 23 June.

An image of The Great Get Together and Looking out for our neighbours campaign.

Throughout June the campaign delivers one simple message ‘Get together with your neighbours’. Whether it’s simply saying hello, having a cup of tea or doing something for your neighbour, the Great Get Together is the perfect reason to connect with those in your neighbourhood.
 
Kim Leadbeater, sister of the late Jo Cox MP and Ambassador for The Jo Cox Foundation says: "I feel passionately about creating well-connected communities where everyone is happy and healthy and has a sense of identity and belonging. It’s wonderful to know that some of the connections being made through the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign can be continued as part of The Great Get Together, which takes place on the weekend of Jo’s birthday in June. I believe if we all work together to prevent loneliness and its associated health risks, we can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of everyone.”
 
The ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign, commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, launched on the 15th of March and has inspired hundreds of people to engage in positive action and neighbourly activity across the whole area.
 
Rob Webster, CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: It’s ‘great to be getting together’ with the Jo Cox Foundation to share the message that tackling loneliness and preventing social isolation improves all of our lives. Many people feel lonely at some point in their lives, whether this is due to bereavement, divorce or other life changing events and without the support of family and friendships it can be very difficult to overcome. A simple act of kindness can make a huge difference to everyone’s day.  I’m delighted the campaign has reached so many people and long may this continue over the summer and beyond”.
 
Since the launch, over 350 organisations and community champions have signed up to back the campaign, promoting its message throughout their organisations and within their communities. The campaign has also received attention on social media, with the hashtag #OurNeighbours being used over 1000 times. In addition to over 35,000 helpful neighbour packs distributed, a further 600 people have downloaded a digital version of the pack from the campaign website.
 
To download your own helpful neighbour pack or find out more about the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign, visit: ourneighbours.org.uk/resources. You can also search #OurNeighbours to see the positive difference the campaign is making across the area on social media.

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For local media enquiries please contact the CCG’s Communications Team on press.officewakefieldccg.nhsuk or on 01924 317684.
 

Campaign background
 
‘Looking out for our neighbours’ is a social marketing campaign commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. The campaign aims to prevent loneliness and its associated health issues by encouraging communities to look after each other. The campaign aims to inspire communities to engage in simple wellbeing activities that will positively impact on their neighbours. Find out more at: ourneighbours.org.uk

 

Positive difference the campaign is making

Deanna, Spectrum People, Wakefield:
“Looking out for our neighbours campaign supports this project as we encourage parents that attend to make connections with the elderly and vulnerable at both locations. Many parents ask after regular resident attendees and have even planned and put on Easter parties for all to attend.”

 

Robyn, Service Delivery Officer at Stonewater Housing – Halifax:
“The ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign is making a difference to our residents here because it’s really got that conversation going. We’ve got residents who are really looking out for each other, doing things and really engaging with the pack and doing little things for each other during the week, whether that’s going shopping with each other or taking the recycling down for one another. Some of our more elderly, vulnerable residents are definitely benefitting from that.”

“The campaign packs are being used by the residents, just as a little kick starter of what they might be doing for each other. So we’ve got residents who are using the weekly planners and seeing that they’re going shopping, they can shop with another resident or for another resident. They also take the recycling down for others who wouldn’t be able to do it themselves. It’s really nice that it’s being utilised and being taken on board.”

 

Julia, Huddersfield, Kirklees:
“I try my best to look out for my neighbours (as they do me). Having them for Sunday lunch, watering their garden and even baby-sitting!. When I saw the campaign Facebook posts it made me think, ‘I’m a good neighbour, but there is still more I can willingly do”. 

 

About West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership
 
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership focuses on the health and care needs of local people across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The partnership is made up of a number of organisations who work together to help 2.6 million people in the area including the NHS, councils, Healthwatch, voluntary and community organisations. Find out more at: wyhpartnership.co.uk

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