The Campaign to End Loneliness inspires thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle the health threat of loneliness in older age.

We are a network of national, regional and local 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:

  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.

The bigger picture

Our campaigning, research and learning opportunities add to a bigger picture of activity across the United Kingdom.

How we operate

Meet the team and find out more about how we’re run and operate.