Inside the homes that are being built to help fight the UK's loneliness epidemic

In their first nine months living at Battersea Power Station, Paddy Rowe and her husband Barry say they have made more friends there than in a ­decade in their last home – a large family house in ­Putney. “When we decided to downsize, we were initially considering moving to a retirement village,” says Padhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/inside-homes-built-help-fight-uks-loneliness-epidemic/dy, a former lecturer. “But being surrounded by people of all ages and backgrounds is great.”

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Dominic White
The rising epidemic of workplace loneliness and why we have no office friends

We are living in a landscape of loneliness. We have the world’s first Loneliness Minister, Tracey Crouch, and a survey by the Jo Cox Commission in 2017 revealed that nine million people in the UK are affected by it. Loneliness is not only bad for our minds: it’s bad for our health, too, with research showing that chronic long-term loneliness can be as bad as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day, and can increase the risk of blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.  

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Dominic White