Reach Out

Fire service pledges to tackle loneliness in Highland communities

Published: Fri 22 Jul 2016

Fire service boss John Macdonald gives his backing to the Reach Out campaign.

Fire chiefs have thrown their backing behind a major campaign to cut loneliness and social isolation in the Highlands. The Reach Out campaign, launched by NHS Highland and The Inverness Courier, aims to raise awareness of the issues in the wake of new research revealing loneliness can be as bad for people as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the risk of premature death by 10 per cent.

Group adds its voice to campaign

Published: Thu 14 Jul 2016

Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson.

The Reach Out campaign to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the Highlands has been given the backing of public sector organisations in the region. It was launched two months ago by NHS Highland and the Inverness Courier in the wake of new research revealing that loneliness can be as bad for people as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the risk of premature death by 10 per cent.

Chance for mums to keep connected

Published: Sun 26 Jun 2016

Community worker Annette Maclean at the Connections project.

In a small unit on an Inverness business park, a group of new mums swap tips about sleepless nights and weaning as they keep a collective eye on their youngsters. The First Steps group is part of Connections, an early years project designed to prevent loneliness by bringing together young families in the rapidly-expanding neighbourhoods of Slackbuie and Holm on the city's southern fringes.

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