Blind Veterans UK responds to the appointment of a Minister for Loneliness

Date
17 January 2018 16:00

Blind Veterans UK welcomes the announcement today (17/1) of a new Minister for Loneliness, in response to the publication of recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

We know that loneliness and isolation are issues that affect many vision-impaired veterans in the UK, due to the combined impact of sight loss and increasing age. Some research we did with our veterans found that 61 per cent of them had felt increasingly isolated following a diagnosis of sight loss, before receiving the charity’s support.

We want all blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women to enjoy a life beyond sight loss. We run an extensive programme of local reunions and social events to bring veterans together so they can provide each other with companionship and peer support. Our research showed that after receiving our support 86 per cent of our veterans said that we had helped them to feel less isolated and 75 per cent said that we had helped them to make new acquaintances and friends.

We look forward to working with the new Minister and the other charities associated with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness who share our commitment to tackling this issue.

If you would like further information please contact Lara King at Blind Veterans UK, by emailing lara.king@blindveterans.org.uk