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Community / Corporate Social Responsibility / 15 December 2017

BBPA comments on report from Jo Cox Foundation on loneliness

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds, comments:

“This is very welcome report, which rightly recognises that all of us, including businesses, can do more to help tackle loneliness.

“Whilst our domestic and social lives are changing, pubs do play a vital role in bringing people together, creating a great social network, which can often provide a lifeline.

“As well as just being there for people, there are company-wide initiatives in the pub sector. Heineken won a BBPA award this year, with a nationwide campaign to tackle loneliness through pubs. The company teamed up with local charities and community pubs to host festive lunches for people who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone, and the scheme is running again, this year.

“With mental health rightly moving up the political agenda, I hope the report and its recommendations are taken seriously.”

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