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

  • Loneliness and older people from BME groups: challenging misconceptions and stereotypes July 28, 2014

    The following guest blog by Omar Khan, Director of the Runneymede Trust, has been written to complement our new collection of essays, ‘Alone in the Crowd: Loneliness and diversity’. If we’re to understand the causes of loneliness among older people, we have to challenge misconceptions and stereotypes. When it comes to older people from black and…
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  • Facing the fight alone: cancer, isolation and loneliness July 1, 2014

    The following guest blog by Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, has been written to complement our new collection of essays, ‘Alone in the Crowd: Loneliness and diversity’. Cancer and loneliness Living with cancer brings many challenges for those affected – and one particularly difficult challenge can be coping with the social and…
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  • One in eight Brits has nobody to call on during a crisis June 19, 2014

    A new attempt to measure the wellbeing of the British population has discovered that only 58% of Britons feel connected to people in their community, and one in eight do not have a close friend that they could rely on in a personal crisis. The study, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, compared these…
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  • Hidden Loneliness
    Friday 30th May 2014 at 14:00

    This two-hour event will explore the future dynamics of loneliness, in particular looking at emerging demographic trends; from the changing patterns of relationships to the ethnic makeup of our society.

    A panel will explore how some people’s experiences of loneliness remain hidden or taboo, and what can be done to support them:

    • Ruth Sutherland – CEO of Relate
    • Paul Farmer – CEO of Mind
    • Jenny Edwards CBE – CEO of the Mental Health Foundation
    • Omar Khan – Acting Director of the Runnymede Trust
    • James Taylor – Head of Policy for Stonewall

    We will debate what action is needed to address the address ‘hidden’ loneliness, and to consider how services can respond to the diverse needs of our changing older population.

    Book your place at this event through our Eventbrite page.

  • Ending Loneliness in the North West
    Tuesday 8th July 2014 at 10:00

    The summit will gather the key decision makers in the region, alongside those running front line services and representatives of older people’s advocacy groups. It will offer a fantastic opportunity for you to share your thoughts and experiences to help generate new solutions and ideas as to how to tackle this important local issue.

    Further details and booking can be found on our Eventbright page. 

Campaign to End Loneliness July Update 2014

Highlights in this issue:

  • Discover if technology is a bug or a fix for loneliness and isolation.
  • Help us measure the impact of loneliness interventions.
  • Read about a new map of loneliness in adult social care across England and Wales.

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