The Campaign to End Loneliness believe that people of all ages need connections that matter.
There are nine million lonely people in the UK and four million of them are older people. Many older people find constant loneliness hardest to overcome. They lack the friendship and support we all need.
We’ve been experts in the field of loneliness and connection since 2011. We share research, evidence and knowledge with thousands of other organisations and the public to make a difference to older people’s lives.
We inspire everyone to connect and bring communities together across the UK.
We’re hosted by Independent Age, supported by National Lottery funding through the Big Lottery Fund, and also funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, The Tudor Trust and donations from the general public.
Together, we can End Loneliness.
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:
- People most at risk of loneliness are reached and supported
- Services and activities are more effective at addressing loneliness
- 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.
Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, in 2017 we began to engage businesses and the public as part of our campaign. To kick start this work we launched The Loneliness Project, a film that has been seen over 85 million times worldwide and is one of the most watched and engaged with charity campaigns of 2017.
In 2018 we launched Be More Us. Be More Us is a movement that celebrates small moments of connection, like saying hello to someone in your local shop or smiling at someone on the bus. We all need a sense of belonging, no matter how old we are. Our Be More Us launch video has had over 100 million views worldwide and is one of the most seen UK charity videos of 2018.
Whether you’re a charity, business or member of the public, join our movement and sign up to Be More Us.
Our campaign aims to end loneliness across the UK, but we also have campaign managers in specific areas of the country. Find out about our local campaigns.
The bigger picture
How we’re run
There are many ways in which to support the Campaign to End Loneliness, including philanthropic support from individuals and trusts and foundations as well as companies.
We urgently need your help to tackle loneliness and reach as many people as possible across the UK. Find out how you can support us.