The social epidemic of isolation amongst the elderly was addressed at the Bishop’s Breakfast.
Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees chief executive Hilary Thompson presented concerns of the charity’s for the welfare of older people.
She said: “People are living longer and having to cope with long term conditions.”
The monthly meeting at Dean Clough, Halifax. attended by key figures from the voluntary and small business sectors, was also used by breakfast member and samll business owner Olwen Edwards to promote the her ‘talk-to-me’ orange wristbands and badges in social and business attempt to break-down communication barriers between people across the region.
Bishop for Wakefield and Huddersfield the Rt Rev Tony Robinson, said: “I’m pleased to support the ‘talk-to-me’ campaign which arose out of Bishop’s Breakfast. We need to build for friendly communities - talking and listening is the first step.”
The talk-to-me wristbands and badges will be sold in various retail outlets across Calderdale.