Sense Campaign - Left Out Of Life
22 April 2021
National charity Sense have launched their Left Out Of Life campaign, which is about taking action to tackle loneliness among disabled people and making society more inclusive.
What they say:
"Almost 61% of the 14.1 million disabled people living in the UK experience ‘chronic loneliness’, feeling lonely ‘always’ or ‘often’, rising to 70% of young disabled people.
Sense believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be left out life. Now is the time, as we plan our way out of lockdown, to commit to making life inclusive for everyone.
We're calling for greater investment on dedicated services that tackle loneliness and scaled up mental health support for disabled people.
We've all felt disconnected from others at some point during this pandemic, but loneliness has disproportionally affected disabled people. Many don’t have support networks around them and feel cut off from their local community. Others have struggled to leave their homes at all or to access and use digital technology to connect with people.
Even before the pandemic, disabled people would face practical challenges to meeting people and forming connections, and 33% would have under an hour interaction with someone else, each day.
That’s why Sense is launching the Left Out of Life campaign. We aim to highlight the issue of social isolation and loneliness amongst disabled people, call for national action from government, and also empower the public to play a part in tackling the issue."
You can sign their pledge and play your part in making society more inclusive: