Social isolation a killer, say Island Labour in response to council plans to cut free travel

For those with mental health problems, social isolation can be a killer, say Island Labour, in response to IWC’s plans to cut free travel for some.

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Island Labour Chair, Julian Critchley, shares this latest news. Ed


Island Labour notes the Isle of Wight Council’s Conservative administration is proposing to remove some free travel entitlements from older and disabled Islanders.

As the Mental Health Foundation has noted, there is a very clear link between loneliness, social isolation, and poor mental health.

Age UK have also identified loneliness and isolation as one of the most significant problems facing our elderly population.

Social isolation can literally be a killer
For vulnerable adults, social isolation can literally be a killer. It is essential that we do not take any action which makes it more difficult for these vulnerable people to be able to get outside their homes and come into contact with other people.

The council is already planning to cut the Mental Health Day Centres, and it would be unjust to add yet another cut to the services which the most vulnerable Islanders rely on.

Critchley: A lifeline for some vulnerable adults
Island Labour Chair, Julian Critchley, said

“Many of us have a family member or friend who is a vulnerable adult. Many more of us will know someone at some time in our lives who will suffer from mental health problems. We know how easy it is for people in those circumstances to become isolated.

“Free transport may not seem much. But for some vulnerable adults it will be a lifeline. A way to get out of their room; to be in the same place as other people; to meet a friend, relative or carer.”

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13 Comments on "Social isolation a killer, say Island Labour in response to council plans to cut free travel"

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“Many of us have a family member or friend who is a vulnerable adult. Many more of us will know someone at some time in our lives who will suffer from mental health problems. We know how easy it is for people in those circumstances to become isolate” “Free transport may not seem much. But for some vulnerable adults it will be a lifeline. A way to… Read more »
skippy
I agree with Julian’s statement but it does not go far enough. Julian needs to state that he will keep this service to gain the trust of the electorate. On a separate note this administration seems to be attacking the most venerable ion society. I wonder if this a direct result of instructions from a higher level. All I see is statements of apathy being made by… Read more »
juliancritchley

If you don’t think a press notice spelling out how important this service is, and urging the council not to scrap it, is a statement that we should keep this service, I’m not sure what else would convince you.

skippy

It was only a bit of feedback. I’m well aware of the issues but was only trying to put in perspective of someon else may think. Wow was not expecting that!

Paul Cheverton

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juliancritchley

That’s untrue. Simply untrue. Provide the link to this comment you’ve just invented.

Paul Cheverton
Here is the paragraph, the last one in your last response to the thread in the letter entitled ‘Anti religion rant’ on the CP website letters page. Quote” All that’s happened on this thread is that a cowardly bully decided to try and have a free pop at someone who actually has the gumption to get off his backside and volunteer for his community. And then he… Read more »
juliancritchley
“Fellow-traveller” is not the same thing as “Traveller”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fellow_traveller “The term fellow-traveller (also fellow traveler) identifies a person who is intellectually sympathetic to the ideology of a political organization, and who co-operates in the organization’s politics, without being a formal member of that organization.” Whereas a “Traveller” in this country is a member of an disadvantaged ethnic/social group who often face significant discrimination and prejudice because of… Read more »
Paul Cheverton
The above refers to a comment I put on saying that Mr Critchley referred to individuals who disagreed with him on another forum as travellers and that his response to the contributor earlier here was not surprising. He challenged me to provide the evidence, which I have done below. He seems to have had my previous post removed, so I post this to put the comment into… Read more »
juliancritchley
I complained about the post because it’s defamatory. You’ve misrepresented what I said, I think if you look at the quote you’ll see this. I used the phrase “fellow-traveller”. Here is the definition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fellow_traveller “The term fellow traveller (also fellow traveler) identifies a person who is intellectually sympathetic to the ideology of a political organization, and who co-operates in the organization’s politics, without being a formal member… Read more »
Paul Cheverton

Thank you, that now makes sense. In my defence it is not a phrase in common usage and I would suggest easily misinterpreted but thanks for clarifying.

juliancritchley

You’re welcome. My responses have all now appeared in a rush, which seems a bit of overkill, but I don’t seem to have a delete button.

juliancritchley
I’ve tried to respond to this twice, but because I think there are links in my responses, they’re also not appearing here. You’ve made a mistake. The quote you have used there quite clearly says “fellow-travellers”. This has a completely different meaning to “Traveller”. The former is a political term for ideological sympathisers. The latter is a term for a social/ethnic group. Google the difference. At some… Read more »