Tackling loneliness in older age together

What we want to change

We help organisations tackle loneliness; whether they are small charities in your local area, your local authority or large national charities and government departments.

We offer them the latest information based on research and examples of good practice from our supporters. Together, we aim to create the right conditions so that more people who are lonely are helped by the thousands of organisations working to tackle loneliness across the UK.

Latest from the Campaign

  • Hidden Citizens: how can we identify loneliness in our communities? April 8, 2015

    Regular readers of this blog will be aware that addressing loneliness and social isolation among older people in our population has become something of a national priority in the United Kingdom. Secretaries of state and key ministers have made speeches about it, major national funders have set aside millions of pounds to address it and…
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  • What is “social capital” and why does it matter? March 2, 2015

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released a new report that analyses the levels of ‘social capital’ in the United Kingdom. This is a slightly jargon-y word that explains the different types of social connections in our lives, and all the benefits they bring. The new report from the ONS looks at four aspects…
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  • Promising Approaches to Reducing Loneliness and Isolation January 26, 2015

    The devastating impact loneliness can have on our mental and physical health makes it an issue we simply cannot ignore. For a growing number of older people, loneliness defines and shatters their lives. But loneliness is also a deeply personal experience– unique to every individual; a problem with different causes and consequences for every one…
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  • Measuring your Impact on Loneliness in Later Life
    Tuesday 19th May 2015 at 14.00 - 17.00

    The Campaign to End Loneliness is pleased to invite you to the launch of new impact measurement guidance and training for organisations delivering services to people experiencing loneliness.

    In 2013, a survey of Campaign to End Loneliness supporter organisations over half said that they would value more support in evaluating their impact. Since then, the Campaign has worked with older people, service providers, commissioners and researchers to develop a practical and simple tool that can help you to measure the positive impact your work has by alleviating loneliness in older age.

    However, different circumstances do call for different types of tools and questions. So as we have also produced guidance on a range of resources including the De Jong Gierveld Scale, the UCLA Scale and some simple, single questions that could be used to measure your impact on loneliness.

    This launch event will:

    • Introduce the new Campaign to End Loneliness measurement tool
    •  Explain how to use a range of scales and questions to ask older people about loneliness over time
    • Provide training for staff in conducting a survey, sampling and scoring and analysing your results

    Book your place today here.

Campaign to End Loneliness
Research Bulletin 11

Read on to find out more about:

  • Introducing our “Loneliness Network”
  • Research exploring the connections between poor health and loneliness
  • How male carers lacking support are particularly vulnerable to isolation and loneliness
  • Research evaluating the impact of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness programme.

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