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Wouldn’t it be a good idea if we could get all social care staff to contribute something in the way of charity.

It might be odd to ask more of staff who have given so much, particularly during the pandemic, and who are still too low-paid for what they do.

But they are so well-equipped to help, and it would be a shame to miss the opportunity.

Loneliness is a big problem, particularly amongst elderly people.

There are numerous befriending charities, either offering phone calls or face to face visits and often these calls or visits can make a huge difference to people’s well-being and mental health.

It may be possible for support assistants to pop in for five minutes to see a lonely person during a run.

They are also well-trained to spot warning signs that someone’s health may be going downhill.

Worth a thought.

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