As chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Faith and Society, Stephen has held a reception in Parliament to celebrate the release a report on tackling loneliness. The report was written by the group’s secretariat, FaithAction.
As evidence of a “loneliness epidemic” in the UK has come to light in the past few years, the event discussed the level of need that exists in local communities. As the report mentions, over nine million people say they feel lonely and one in ten say that they have no close friends. It acknowledges the brilliant efforts of faith groups in reaching out to the isolated and bringing them into a thriving community.
At the event, Minister for Loneliness Mims Davies expressed her gratitude to these groups for the impact they are having on the isolated population, whilst Tim Farron MP encouraged unity amongst different faiths. The authors of the report also presented an overview of their findings and gave some encouraging examples of individuals whose lives had been changed by their local faith community.
Speaking after the event, Stephen said “Far too many people don’t belong to any community and this is at the heart of the loneliness epidemic. I am delighted by FaithAction’s research which shows faith groups’ remarkable efforts to tackle this problem.
“The All-Party Parliamentary Group would like to see even more involvement from faith based organisations and will continue to encourage Local Authorities to support their services.”