I can go for days without speaking to anybody," explains Janet.
Along with more than nine million people in the UK, the 71-year-old suffers from loneliness.
Sometimes, she says, she goes to the supermarket just to have someone to speak to, if she did not, she believes she could easily go for months without
speaking to another person.
On Tuesday, Janet went for a walk on London's Oxford Street, simply because it is busy and there are lots of people around.
So pressing is the issue of isolation that Theresa May has appointed a minister for loneliness, an idea recommended by murdered MP Jo Cox, in a bid to
tackle the misery felt by many.
Ms Cox, who was murdered by a far-right terrorist, campaigned repeatedly before her death as she looked a methods to combat loneliness.
Tracey Crouch has become the first person to be appointed to the position.
In the absence of religion and strong family bonds and increasing use of social media I think this problem will only get worse.
I want to bring the college in to deliver a barista course to our senior pupils who will then run a café for an hour or so a day or week. It will
provide a place to go for a cheaper coffee with a bit of a chat and if we target the shut ins near by and the parents who don't work make us more of
a hub. The barista qualification and a volunteering award will be the pay off for my older pupils and an intergenerational approach might lead to
better community relations.
Have any of you managed to help the lonely to improve their lives.
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