Let’s look behind the smile

I was pleased to join Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, to hear about some of the work not-for-profit organisation n-compass northwest is doing to combat loneliness and isolation across our region. 

The organisation supports over 25,000 people in the North West each year and says that every person has a story to tell that we should all be listening to. Its Behind the Smile campaign, seeks to draw attention to the lives that exist behind our immediate facial expressions.  

People’s stories often tell of lives that are less fulfilled and meaningful that they could be with just a little community support and engagement. n-compass northwest aims to help people regain control of their lives, providing hope and a sense of purpose, through the provision of carers, advocacy, wellbeing, counselling and volunteering services.  

Like every organisation working across social care, n-compass northwest is feeling the impact of the government’s programme of cuts to local authority budgets and wants to do more.