The 6th annual Most Active County Stakeholder Event is to explore the role of sport and physical activity in addressing loneliness and isolation, it has been announced.

The event will take place at Wherstead Park Conference Centre near Ipswich on the afternoon of Tuesday 22nd January 2019.

Its purpose is to bring partners and stakeholders together to improve understanding, share best practice and foster collaboration with the aim of better supporting people to become and remain socially engaged and involved through physical activity.

Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is a comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is worse for us than well-known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity.

Over 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – report always or often feeling lonely.

The issue has become so prominent that the Government has appointed the world’s very first ‘Minister for Loneliness’ and recently published its first strategy for tackling loneliness.

Thought provoking keynote speakers and informative workshops from organisations such as Sport England, Dance East, Sporting Memories, Cotman Housing, Involve and Community Action Suffolk, amongst others, will offer theoretical and practical examples of best practice from both a local and a national perspective.

To register for the event, which is free of charge, please CLICK HERE.

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