Eastleigh MP Mims Davies visited All Saints Church on Desborough Road last week as part of Eastleigh HOPE 19 week to meet Church leaders, volunteers and church groups.
Eastleigh HOPE 19 is about Churches Together in Eastleigh (CTiE) coming together and jointly offering a series of events across the week. There were several ‘streams’ offered this year including;
- Social Action: garden clearance, repairs art and craft sessions
- Silver Stream:The Big Cream tea, for elderly folk, with tea and entertainment
- Millennials Stream:Aimed towards school leavers to 30-year-old age group
- The Turning:Street Evangelism in Eastleigh town Centre everyday lunchtimes
- Combined Celebration – all churches uniting in service
Commenting after the visit, Eastleigh MP Mims Davies who is also Minister for Loneliness and Charities said:
“I fully support and understand the work that groups such as CTiE and all our charitable organisations do daily to help support people within our communities. All of us can experience loneliness at some point in our lives and it’s time we started talking about it, which is why we launched our #Letstalkloneliness campaign in June to get this subject out in the open.”
‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ brings together charities, organisations and businesses including The Marmalade Trust, the Co-op Foundation, the British Red Cross, the Campaign to End Loneliness, Mind, Public Health England and the Jo Cox Foundation to help people talk about their feelings.
In regard to loneliness MP Mims Davies stated that :
“Loneliness is one of the biggest health challenges our country faces. It can affect anyone at any time and its impact is in line with smoking or obesity. But we can only begin to help one another if we feel able to understand, recognise and talk about it.
Let’s Talk Loneliness’ will encourage us all to engage with this issue, speak up without stigma, spot the signs of loneliness and help build more meaningful connections so people feel less isolated.”