The Great Wirral Door Knock – against social isolation

Volunteers (including Cllr Paul Stuart, fourth from the right) out in force.

Volunteers (including Cllr Paul Stuart, fourth from the right) out in force.


Starting in Eastham, and to be extended throughout Wirral, this partnership of Age UK, Wirral Council, Merseyside Fire & Rescue. The Police, C.A.B., Community Action Wirral, and other agencies united for the three day “Great Wirral Door Knock”. Research shows that social isolation can seriously affect people’s physical health and mental wellbeing.
Cllr Chris Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:  "This is a great initiative to have been involved in - soon to be extended throughout Wirral."

Cllr Chris Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is a great initiative to have been involved in – soon to be extended throughout Wirral.”

The volunteers took referrals from residents to all agencies, as well as asking them what they feel is important in their communities.
Your councillors were out over the three day event.
Paul said "We had three fabulous days delivering 'advice on the doorstep' as part of the Big Wirral Door knock. This was a great partnership project!"

Paul said “We had three fabulous days delivering ‘advice on the doorstep’ as part of the Big Wirral Door knock. This was a great partnership project!”

It was a great partnership project!

Social isolation – the insidious killer?

Cllr Paul Stuart

Cllr Paul Stuart

In 21st century Britain, loneliness is killing people. Not directly, of course, but insidiously through its effect on public health and the undermining of our social fabric. But it is a silent killer: Most people are more prepared to talk about death, money or body image than to admit to being isolated. And it’s not just older people who are affected.
For decades, society has become more and more focused on the individual, and less on the community. We’re all animals, and social ones at that. Our whole evolution was based on social interaction. So the removal of regular meaningful human contact, however that happens, is not such a great idea for individuals or for society. Research has shown that sustained loneliness has various health impacts. In terms of life expectancy, studies have put it on par with smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It’s also linked to depression, dementia and higher blood pressure. And there is growing evidence that those living with loneliness are more likely to visit their local doctor or their emergency A&E services. Isolation is a problem we can do something about.

Seacombe Bank Holiday Fun Days

Cllr Paul Stuart was at the event.

“It was a great event starting at midday until late in the evening. With guest appearances from local singer Gary Murphy and John H Stacey.
Tommy Jones, well known local figure, hosted this event with the support of Magenta living donating the use of the field adjacent to the 5 Bars. This could not have been achieved without local Seacombe residents volunteering their time to help.
Cllr Paul Stuart attended the event with his wife and three daughters:
“This was an excellent event attended by over 150 people, local families and children had a fantastic time. Free bouncy castles, donkey rides and many stalls. The entertainment was great and the atmosphere was infectious and the weather perfect.
People, families having fun and coming together as a real community. Tommy Jones is a credit to the community in which he lives and has done most his life.”

Paul & Kaitlin with a fierce looking bird.  Is it an eagle owl?

Paul & Kaitlin with a fierce looking bird. Is it an eagle owl?

John H' Stracey can sing as well as box!

John H’ Stracey can sing as well as box!

Tommy is seen in the dark Tee shirt in this picture

Tommy is seen in the dark Tee shirt in this picture

With well known landmark, the Five Bars Clock Tower, overseeing all.  Rumour has it that the clock is dead right twice a day.

With well known landmark, the Five Bars Clock Tower, overseeing all. Rumour has it that the clock is dead right twice a day.