North Yorkshire wider partnership conference

North Yorkshire Wider Partnership conference
Friday 26 October 2018

Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Neighbourly communities – creating and strengthening connections.

Well-connected and supportive communities can play a vital role in emotional security and the reduction of loneliness and isolation, which in turn can impact on physical health. Evidence shows that the effect of loneliness and isolation on mortality exceeds the impact of well-known risk factors such as obesity, and has a similar influence as cigarette smoking. (Holt-Lunstad, 2010).

North Yorkshire is a large rural county with a higher than average older population and social isolation can be a real issue, although loneliness is not confined to old age and people can experience loneliness at any age.

There is a frequent peak in adolescence (Qualter et al. 2015) and some studies have shown loneliness to be a greater concern among young people than the elderly (Mental Health Foundation 2010). This may often be overlooked, resulting in a lack of service provision for younger people.

We must find inclusive ways of making more connected communities work for everyone.

But we have plenty of assets too. For example, we need to build on the strengths and resources of our local communities and be innovative in how we use new technologies.

This conference explored the issues, learnt from successful projects both within and outside the county, and considered how we can all help to make North Yorkshire a more connected and neighbourly county. Delegates had the opportunity to attend a choice of workshop and visit related stalls in the exhibition area.

Speakers werre:

  • Trevor Hopkins, Asset Based Consulting
  • Kim Leadbeater, Jo Cox Foundation
  • Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire

 Workshop topics were:

  • Children and Young People: Workshop leads – Elizabeth McPherson, Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource, and Helen Hunter, Hambleton and Richmondshire Carers Centre
  • Older people : Workshop lead - Sue Bradley, Age UK North Craven
  • What works in North Yorkshire: Workshop lead – Jan Garrill, Two Ridings Community Foundation
  • The role of technology: Workshop leads – Robert Ling and Marie-Ann Jackson, North Yorkshire County Council
  • Geography and loneliness - Rural, urban and coastal issues: Workshop leads – Leah Swain, Community First Yorkshire and David Sharp, North Yorkshire Youth
  • The role of health and social care: Workshop leads - Loraine Boyd, retired GP, Siobhan Gorman, GP practice manager, and Linda White, Living Well, North Yorkshire County Council

Papers and presentation slides for the conference can be downloaded from the right hand side of the page. Summaries of the workshops will be uploaded shortly.


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