Rachel Goldie: Town centres could help older people get up to speed with the digital age together
CommonSpace journalist Rhiannon J Davies takes a look at older people and mental health issues, a conversation that is often forgotten.
“IT’S the loneliness,” says Mandy, 62, based in Clydesdale. “When you’re in a room on your own and you sit and start to think ‘why bother washing the dishes; who’s going to see it? Why wash my hair today – it can wait another couple of days yet.”
How can we restore community and togetherness in a modern society increasingly characterised by social isolation? Doaa Shabbir, writer and school student in Glasgow, explores this issue, and finds changing the nature of work is key.
Journalist Paul Rodger investigates a growing health crisis in Scotland and beyond and what can be done to tackle it
WITH Christmas and New Year well out of the way and 2018 in full swing, the festive season – with all its decorations and delirium – has subsided for another nine months.
Throughout the season of goodwill, attention was spared for those less fortunate; including the homeless, children living in care and low-income households, and families and individuals reliant on the aid of foodbanks.
Common Weal head of policy and research Ben Wray looks at a new report from MSPs highlighting the loneliness plight in Scotland, particularly among the elderly community. He argues that participation is the key to tackling a growing epidemic
THE evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee on loneliness provides an insight into the lives of those who we don't see: Scotland's lonely people, and it is grim.
MSPs call for a more inclusive approach to tackling loneliness
SEVERAL MSPs have requested that loneliness be treated as a public health concern alongside poverty and inadequate housing.
The move follows the release of the Scottish Parliament's equal opportunities committee report , which called for the creation of a national isolation strategy that incorporates loneliness as a public health issue.
App concept beats 46 other competitors to take it on to competition in Texas
A team of Strathclyde University students will soon head to Texas to take part in a competition after bagging a university prize with the creation of an app aiming to combat loneliness in older people.
The second year entrepreneurship undergraduates were challenged to develop an app that could help to solve a prevalent social issue. They then pitched their idea - an app named 'BeFriend' - to academics from the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde.