The Campaign to End Loneliness inspires thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle the health threat of loneliness in older age. The Campaign to End Loneliness is a network of national, regional and local organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels.
We were launched in 2011, are governed by five partner organisations, Age UK Oxfordshire, Independent Age, Manchester City Council, Royal Voluntary Service and Sense, and work alongside more than 2,500 supporters, all tackling loneliness in older age.
Our work is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Tudor Trust, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the John Ellerman Foundation.
What we want to change
The Campaign to End Loneliness believes that nobody who wants company should be without it. We want to make this happen by ensuring that:
1. People most at risk of loneliness are reached and supported
2. Services and activities are more effective at addressing loneliness
3. A wider range of loneliness services and activities are developed
What we do
Evidence-based campaigning to commissioners: Much of our time is spent campaigning: communicating with, convincing and persuading those who make choices about health and care spending to tackle and prevent loneliness. We provide a strong voice to commissioners of services and activities at a local and national level. We invite our supporter network of 2500+ organisations and people to campaign with us.
Facilitate learning on the front line: The Campaign to End Loneliness offers organisations who want to tackle loneliness a chance to learn from each other. We provide the latest research, opportunities to meet through events, and regular information to share the motivation and momentum behind this issue.
Building the research base: We gather together and offer to policy makers and practitioners the latest evidence on loneliness and isolation. We draw on research through our Research Hub which engages academics and specialists from across the world. With these academic partners, we work to make new research as relevant and practical as possible for organisations that are working directly to support older people, or making commissioning decisions.