A CAMPAIGN which aims to combat loneliness in the region is proving a huge success.

Feedback shows that the Looking out for our Neighbours initiative, launched just two months ago, is already having an impact.

The venture was commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, to encourage neighbourliness.

As part of the campaign, more than 30,000 information packs – containing a range of resources designed to help residents take simple, positive action to look out for a neighbour in need ­— have been distributed.

Supporters of the scheme include the Jo Cox Loneliness Foundation and Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Jo Cox, who was MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered in the summer of 2016.

Her sister – and foundation ambassador – Kim Leadbeater, said: "Looking out for the newly bereaved and others whose loneliness may trigger health problems is something we can all do.

"I feel passionately about creating well-connected communities where everyone is happy and healthy and has a sense of identity and belonging.

"It’s wonderful to know that some of the connections being made through the Looking out for our Neighbours campaign can be continued as part of the Great Get Together, which takes place on the weekend of Jo’s birthday in June.

"I believe if we all work together to prevent loneliness and its associated health risks we can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of everyone."

The project is also welcomed by the collaborative care team at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

A spokesman said: "The campaign is making a difference because it is highlighting the important part neighbours play in people's wellbeing, especially the elderly, who often live alone and have medical conditions.

"For our team of community nurses in Airedale, it particularly helps to highlight the voluntary services that support our patients with simple everyday things like taking them shopping, moving furniture or even just having a conversation over a cuppa."

Rob Webster, chief executive officer lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, said it was "wonderful" to hear about positive differences the campaign is making across the area.

He added: "For many years, the Mental Health Foundation has built evidence showing the link between loneliness and mental health problems.

"Many people feel lonely at some point in their lives – whether this is due to bereavement, divorce or other life-changing events – and without the support of family and friendships it can be very difficult to overcome.

"I’m very proud that we're working together with our communities to highlight the causes and effects of loneliness and social isolation and, importantly, trying to do something to help."

Since the launch of the project, more than 350 supporters have signed-up to promote its message across their organisations and communities.

On social media, the hashtag #OurNeighbours has been used over 1,000 times.

For more details about the campaign and to download an information pack, visit ourneighbours.org.uk.