Thought of the Week: Chronic lonely are effectively invisible

We live with an anomaly. On the one hand communication is getting ever faster and more pervasive and yet on the other hand so many are living increasingly isolated and lonely lives, writes Rev Ian Coverdale

The Campaign to End Loneliness has published a study that shows that one in ten elderly people report having only one contact with family, friends or neighbours in a month.

That is more than 800,000 people in England being classified as chronically lonely – people for whom the only human contact in a typical week is brief conversations with shop assistants as they go to pick up their loaf of bread or pint of milk.

Given the numbers involved there must be some of the chronically lonely living within a short walk of each of our homes. Sadly they are effectively invisible.