This morning Ash Denham MSP joined charity Carr Gomm to help launch their new campaign “Stomp Out Loneliness”.
The campaign aims to stomp out loneliness in communities across Scotland by raising £30,000 to fund a variety of local projects and activities tackling social isolation.
Ash Denham MSP spoke at the event and did some cycling to help raise awareness of the importance of being active.
Aiming to bring people together, the “Stomp Out Loneliness” campaign encourages individuals to pledge a target distance to add to the charity’s 1000 mile route around Scotland.
Miles can be completed in any manner, by cycling, running, swimming or pushing wheelchairs.
All money raised will go to funding local events and projects in communities across Scotland.
Loneliness affects older people (about 40% of over 65s) and over one million people aged over 65 always or often feel lonely. 80% of under 18s report feeling lonely, along with 68% of 18-65 year olds.
Speaking after the event, Ash Denham MSP commented,
“Carr Gomm is a fantastic charity that has done some great work in the constituency.
“The majority of us will feel lonely at some point of our life, and without anyone to reach out to it can become a horrible cycle of social isolation.
“By organising projects and activities in the local community, Carr Gomm helps to bring people together and draw them out of that isolation.
“The projects they run in my constituency of Edinburgh Eastern have been really successful.
“Craigmillar Community Grows is excellent in helping to build relationships in a community garden setting, while Men in Sheds helps men share skill sets and get back into permanent employment.
“It is really important to take care of mental and physical health, and tackling loneliness and social isolation plays a big role in keeping people healthy.
“I am delighted to lend my support to their worthwhile campaign.”