Nobody should be lonely in older age. We believe that loneliness is not inevitable. People of all ages need connections that matter.
But there are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK. They lack the friendship and support we all need.
The Campaign to End Loneliness inspires thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle loneliness in older age.
We are a network of national, regional organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy. We want 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 3000 supporters. Together we can tackle loneliness and isolation in older age.
Our work is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Tudor Trust, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the John Ellerman Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund.
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 60 million times worldwide and is one of the most watched and engaged with charity campaigns of 2017. In 2018 we are launching the next stage of our public campaign, and hope it will be the largest public campaign on Loneliness the UK has ever seen.
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 operate