Tackling loneliness at the next Social Justice forum

LONELINESS will be the theme of the next Justice Forum organised by the Diocese of Oxford’s Mission in the World Group.

Aylesbury’s More Café is just one of the Diocese’s social action projects. Photo: Alison Webster

Aylesbury’s More Café is just one of the Diocese’s social action projects. Photo: Alison Webster

The event, taking place later this month, comes hot on the heels of a report by the Church Urban Fund that stated that “Loneliness is seen as the most significant social problem in local communities – cited by 64 per cent of church leaders.” The report, Church in Action: A National Survey of church-based social action, was released last month and can be read here; www.cuf.org.uk/.

Alison Webster, Social Responsibility Adviser, said: “This Justice Forum will explore the nature and complexity of loneliness in our society, and ask how churches can be good news for those hurt by loneliness and social isolation, as well as addressing the structural injustices that give rise to them.”

Speakers will include Sheila Furlong, Chief Executive of the Archway Foundation; Rachel Mann, author of Dazzling Darkness and poet in residence at Manchester Cathedral; Stacy Bostock, Community Researcher for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; and Joanna Collicutt, Adviser for the Spiritual Care of Older People for the Diocese. It will be chaired by Revd Canon Bruce Gillingham.
The event takes place on Tuesday 28 April from 10am to 2pm with a free lunch for networking at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, OX1 2DH.

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