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An online map's being used by a council to try and help thousands of people who struggle with being lonely.

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Solihull Council says it estimates there are about 4,000 people in its area aged over 65 who are intensely lonely and another 9,000 who are mildly lonely.

The government launched its first loneliness strategy last autumn, in response to worries about an "epidemic of loneliness" and its impact on people's health.

In Solihull, the local authority says the online map will allow people to search for groups and events near them to try and help them reconnect with communities.

It adds that the tool will also be used by council workers and GPs to help residents who aren't online.