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A Forum on

Loneliness

& Social Isolation

From a Non-Profit Organization Perspective

Loneliness & social isolation are growing issues with serious consequences for people and society. Addressing loneliness & social isolation is a shared responsibility that needs to be addressed together by the private, non-profit, academic & government sectors.”  (Fed. Government Report on Social Isolation)

Thank you everyone –

the Forum Registration is now CLOSED

We are inviting you to this forum, together with a diverse group of faith and community non-profit organizations within our community,

  • to learn,
  • strategize and
  • network together

for the benefit of the lonely and socially isolated individuals in our community.

The City of Vancouver Seniors’ Advisory Committee have recently published a Social Isolation and Loneliness Report, to the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health, investigating the causes and consequences of chronic isolation and loneliness among older adults, and developed recommendations to help the City of Vancouver and other stake holders “reduce and, ideally, prevent these problems.”

Building on the City’s initiative, Knox United Church is hosting a Forum on Loneliness and Social Isolation in our community from a non-profit perspective. 

The morning discussion will feature Eddy Elmer, Secretary of the Vancouver Seniors' Advisory Committee (www.eddyelmer.com) who will share some of the latest research and findings on loneliness in Vancouver.

The afternoon will focus on identifying how loneliness and social isolation manifest themselves in our local community and how we can come together as a network to address it. 

Speakers for the afternoon session are Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne from the First UC https://firstunited.ca/leadership and Dr. Patricia Lawson, Head of Crofton House School https://www.croftonhouse.ca

The purpose of this event is to: 

  • Have a common understanding of social isolation and loneliness among all age groups, especially seniors, and its’ impact in their community.
  • Learn and strategize the risk factors and protective factors for social isolation and loneliness in their community.
  • Begin to identify opportunities for working together to form strategic networks with others, to apply local knowledge to aid in the creation of draft action plans to address social isolation and loneliness in their community in the future.

 

Date: Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2018

Time:  9:30am  – 4:30pm

Location: Knox United Church, 5600 Balaclava Street, Vancouver

 

 Knox United Church

[email protected]

(604) 261-3747