Our events have a real and tangible impact on the way the participating organisations think about loneliness in later life and take action to address it.
See what happened at our 2nd Annual Learning Network Conference
The Campaign to End Loneliness 2nd Annual Learning Network Conference was held in Cardiff in partnership with Ageing Well in Wales.
150+ people from throughout the UK who are working to address loneliness in older age attended to discuss brand new research and good practice, and learn how to better identify and measure loneliness. The conference was a nationwide meeting designed to celebrate the work of our Learning Network, as well as an opportunity for members to rejuvenate and reconnect with what else is going on across the UK.
In May 2015 the Campaign launched new impact measurement guidance and provided training for organisations delivering services to people experiencing loneliness.
This launch event
- Explained how to use a range of scales, and questions to ask older people about loneliness over time
- Provided training for staff in conducting a survey, sampling and scoring and analysing results
Check back for more measurement training events over the next few months
In late 2014, the Campaign to End Loneliness co-hosted a workshop to explore the different challenges, opportunities and future trends facing befriending schemes in the United Kingdom. The event was organised by Emily Lomax, a Fellow with the Clore Social Leadership Programme, who had the opportunity to conduct a piece of research in this field.
17 November 2014
The Campaign to End Loneliness held it’s first annual conference for our growing Learning Network on Monday 17 November 2014 in London. Our keynote presentation was from ageing expert Professor Christina Victor, who brought to life the very latest research on loneliness across the lifecourse.
We also heard from older people, who explained what loneliness means to them and their particular community: be that a physical urban or rural home, one formed around their LGBT sexuality, or a different community created after becoming a carer.
The Campaign to End Loneliness and Independent Age recently held a workshop to debate how services and charities could better reach and engage older men at risk of loneliness. Based on new research from the International Longevity Centre, this workshop also heard from a range of charities offering bespoke support to older men and an expert in social marketing.
On Tuesday 8 July 2014, the Campaign to End Loneliness hosted a regional summit on loneliness in the North West. Supported by the Manchester Ageing Well team, the event was the second in our series of regional summits which aim to get the people who are best placed to tackle loneliness in a room and talking about the issue.
On 22 July, the Campaign to End Loneliness hosted a workshop to discuss the role technology and telecare could play in keeping us connected in older age. We heard from 2 researchers from the universities of Sheffield and Leeds, and two product developers currently trialing innovative new ways to use technology to address loneliness in later life.
On Tuesday 8 April 2014, the Campaign to End Loneliness hosted a regional summit on loneliness in Yorkshire and Humberside. Supported by the Yorkshire Post, the event was the first in our series of regional summits which aim to get the people who are best placed to tackle loneliness in a room and talking about the issue.
On the 25 February 2014 the Campaign to End Loneliness and Independent Age brought together over 40 charities, care services and neighbourhood groups to talk about loneliness at Christmas, and to start to think about what we could do in 2014. 5 organisations gave a case study of their work over the festive season, and Dr Tracy Collins from the University of Salford presented on her latest research into loneliness at Christmas for widows and widowers.
On the 3rd of December 2013, the Campaign to End Loneliness hosted a new type of workshop to bring together those supporting older people to hear about the latest research in loneliness, and learn from each other. Professor Christina Victor, from the University of Brunel, presented on the initial results of her on-going research project looking at how loneliness changes as people grow older.
For more information and to watch videos from the event, click here
“I found every session and every interaction useful. This event and the conversations I’ve had have prompted me to think maybe differently about loneliness and isolation”
On the 19th of June, the Campaign to End Loneliness hosted Connect + Act, a sold-out conference dedicated to the issue of loneliness in older age. The event was an action-oriented and collaborative learning experience bringing together both policy experts and our campaign supporters who work directly with older people.
For more information and to see a video from the event, click here
What do we know about loneliness? July 2012
Age UK Oxfordshire and the Campaign to End Loneliness held a two day, international conference at Merton College, Oxford on the 9th and 10th of July 2012 to share with researchers, policy makers and practitioners the latest robust evidence on loneliness from around the world.
For more information and to see presentations from speakers, click here
Summit to tackle loneliness in older age March 2012
The Campaign to End Loneliness and the Department of Health organised a summit to tackle loneliness in older age on the 15th of March 2012.
This event brought together representatives from the local government, charity and business sectors to gain wider commitment to overcoming loneliness. It highlighted the importance of taking action to combat loneliness in older age, which is a pressing health issue.
For more information and to read a report summarising the Summit speeches and table discussions, click here
Vital Connections:Building public and voluntary sector partnerships to tackle social isolation in later life November 2011
On Tuesday 15th November the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and the Campaign to End Loneliness co-hosted a landmark conference, Vital Connections: Building public and voluntary sector partnerships to tackle social isolation in later life. The one-day event brought together over 150 of the UK’s most effective local poverty-fighting charities as well as a range of key statutory agencies which often come into contact with the most vulnerable older people.
To read a report from this event, click here: [do action=”pdf-download-form” downloadid=”30″ formid=”1374″/]