Loneliness and social isolation matters. It is the biggest single factor in deteriorating physical and mental health in older people, and, increasingly young people.
Nationally it is estimated that six per cent of older people only leave their house once a week or less, and that half of all older people consider the television as their main form of company.
Additionally our health and care system are under extreme and enduring stress and to meet the increasing demands placed upon it we need to think differently and connect differently within the communities where we live, work and study.
This one-day community symposium will bring us together to discuss both international, national and local responses to these global challenges. We will share ideas, learn from each other and contribute to making Cornwall a leader in creative, intergenerational and technology savvy practice.
- Michael Spellman of ExtraCare, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (Coventry, UK)
- Peter Daniels and Sores Duman, Humanitas Deventer (The Netherlands)
- Takehito Tokuda, Run Tomorrow (Japan)
- Sally Crabtree and Ellie Robinson-Carter, Passing the Parcel (Cornwall, UK)
- Jayne Howard, Little Birds (Cornwall, UK)
- Desdemona McCannon, Ashridge Field School (Devon, UK)
- Stephen Tamblin, Mike Ashman and Danny Walker, Creative Spaces Ambasssdors, Sensory Trust (Cornwall UK)
The funders for the symposium are FEAST and the Arts Council.