The High Sheriff for the County of Herefordshire, The Reverend Lady Lisvane organised a successful conference on Saturday 14th October 2017 highlighting loneliness, a significant issue affecting so many across Herefordshire. The event was co-organised by Lynda Wilcox of Herefordshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) and chaired by The Bishop of Hereford. Many representatives of local parish councils attended. Speakers from a range of local and national perspectives shared challenges and community solutions regarding loneliness and isolation. Will Lindesay, hvoss CEO spoke about emerging social prescribing developments. Delegates celebrated the contribution made by so many local communities, volunteers and voluntary groups. They also discussed ideas on how parish councils might support initiatives which could reach out to people experiencing isolation and loneliness. A highlight of the event was hearing from Ann Stoakes, a client of the hvoss Community Wheels community transport service. Ann spoke about her extensive experiences of rural community life and the lifeline that community transport offers her. Further information about the conference will be provided in due course.