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Millions of pounds to help those in the grip of loneliness

Knaresborough’s Natural Voices singing group, which is aimed at lonely or socially isolated people.

As the catalogue of evidence to the negative health and social effects of loneliness continues to build, millions of pounds have been pledged to grassroots projects across Yorkshire working with those suffering from the blight of loneliness.

While some local authorities and charities have seen their social care spending slashed, projects in Sheffield, Leeds and North Yorkshire have benefitted from £13m in spending specifically aimed at loneliness and social isolation.

Carers Christmas, Past and Present

Carers Christmas 2014, Past and Present.

20th December 2014

By Maureen & Family Carers

Carers Present
It’s now that time of year again when many unpaid family Carers dread, everyday Services are either over worked or understaffed and some services and support services are closed over the holiday period making this time of year a time of fear and despair.
For many Carers Christmas time is no different to any other day of the year, their caring role and the loved one they care for have the same needs over Christmas and New year as they do every day of the year, this is one of the things that can leave a carer isolated from the rest as they cannot leave the house or have any time for themselves, friends and relatives in many cases keep their distance because they do not understand what it is like, anyone can become a carer at any time without warning, it is only then you understand and believe the isolation and stress it brings.

Big data project to capture MS experience

Researchers will utilise big data analysis to track the lives of those living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in a project to improve the evaluation of treatments.

Researchers will utilise big data analysis to track the lives of those living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in a project to improve the evaluation of treatments.

Conducted by Imperial College London (ICL) and biopharmaceutical firm Biogen Idec, the OPTIMISE project will develop and deploy tools for collecting a wide range of data from people with MS in addition to routine clinical assessments over an initial three-year period.

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