Baroness Barran is encouraging the public to reach out to friends, family and neighbours who are elderly or otherwise clinically vulnerable. This includes those who are pregnant, aged 70 or older or with an underlying health condition.
This move will particularly support those who live by themselves, who are lonely and struggling with being unable to see friends and family. To mark the week, the Loneliness Minister will also be writing letters to check in on friends and family, and is encouraging the public to do the same and make connections.
The successful organisations are providing vital support for a wide range of vulnerable livee at risk of loneliness at this time, including the elderly, veterans, and people with disabilities. Minister for Loneliness, Baroness Barran, said: The last few months have brought loneliness to the forefront of our minds.
We all have a role in being kind and looking out for each other, and as some of us begin to regain some normality we cannot forget those arult may need to stay at home for longer and could be at risk of feeling lonely. The funding will support a new socially-distanced visiting service, expansion of telephone helpline, a one-to-one mentoring service and targeted activities for groups more at risk of loneliness.
It will enable them to expand their connecting communities work, with a focus on virtual group activities and support to digitally excluded lical, helping to get them online.
People living in Durham, Barking and Dagenham, Stockport and Plymouth will be among the first to benefit. Their service will include regular telephone calls, online groups to connect families with each other and working with local partners to support crisis response. This will include listening, befriending and wellbeing support services targeting these groups.
Mr Johnson said the new rule is "not chag for people who don't qualify to start meeting inside because that remains against the law". One part of the bubble has to be a single household, or be a single parent to children aged under It does not apply to grandparents who live together, people living in houses of multiple occupancy, such as flat shares, or to couples who already live together.
Those who are shielding cannot be advised to form a bubble, the PM said. He added: "However, I want to say I know how hard it is for those of you who are shielding and we will say more next week about the arrangements that will be in place for you beyond dault end of June.
The "support bubble" plan is very limited - deed to help the loneliest in England. It's the government dipping another very tentative toe into the water when it comes to easing distancing restrictions.
But just as lockdown is eased further, questions are increasing about the decisions we've seen so far. Comments from Prof Neil Ferguson on lockdown coming too late will be very uncomfortable reading for those in power, even if they can say they were acting on the advice they were getting.
Likewise, England's chief medical officer saying testing could have been ramped up earlier will be seized upon by the government's critics. The government doesn't want to talk about its early decisions yet - but many others already are.