Bulwell group backs Government project to stamp out loneliness

A caring Bulwell group is backing a Government project to help people who may be leading lonely lives.

Many in this category do not even know who their next-door neighbour is, it was claimed at a meeting of Bulwell Forest Action Group.

Group secretary Bill Blackamore said it has been estimated that 13 per cent of people in the local community were living in isolation.

Speaking at the group’s annual general meeting, held at Bulwell United Reformed Church, Bill said a total of £100m was available through the government initiative, Fulfilling Lives.

Nottingham City Council was applying to benefit from the scheme but only 15 bids would be successful, the meeting was told.

Bill said the involvement of a psychiatrist or a psychologist was needed in some cases.

“But if we could try to get people to be good neighbours, it would go a long way to solving the problem,” he stressed.

In his annual report, Billl said the past year had been successful, with some positive events and activities but ‘not too much bureaucracy and endless meetings’.

He said a Bulwell health and well-being campaign was going from strength to strength, with its activities including three bowls sessions a week and bike rides organised by the Ridewise organisation.

Fifty health walks had taken place this year and there were now six qualified walk leaders, with one provided for a Snape Wood walk.