Loneliness today and tomorrow – why the APPG on tackling loneliness matters By Robin Hewings, Programme Director Loneliness was already one of the major issues facing societies around the world. There is no doubt that Covid-19 did have – and continues to have – a severe impact on loneliness. The pandemic led to many, many… Read more »
Our co-Founder and Chair of our Programme Advisory Group Paul Cann reviews our recent Loneliness the Big Picture event, and previews our Conference on Thursday 18 November. Last week the Campaign to End Loneliness launched its ‘Big Picture’ conference, Loneliness Beyond Covid-19, taking place tomorrow Thursday 18 November with a burst of energy from three… Read more »
Loneliness is a major issue for people at the end of life. How do we tackle it? While loneliness has taken root in a lot of new places during the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK, for many people impacted by terminal illnesses and coming towards the end of life, the experience began a long time… Read more »
Our guest bloggers Annabel Collins, Programme Manager at Ageing Better in Camden and Rob Francis, Associate Director at Traverse have kindly shared an evaluation of the Ageing Better in Camden programme which is focused on tackling loneliness and isolation amongst the borough’s older population. At the beginning of 2020, 64-year-old Shama was a regular at… Read more »
Don’t mention the ‘L’ word: should we be talking about loneliness, or tackling it by stealth? “But I don’t WANT to be surrounded by ‘lonely people” protests a woman invited into a ‘lonely lunch club’. While exaggerated for effect as part of a training session, this illustration from Graham Ogilvie really struck me. After many… Read more »
Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham, a GP and researcher in the mental health of older people based at Keele University, has written a blog for us, about her new research, funded by NIHR, to develop and study an intervention which aims to help old people who have been isolated during the COVID-19 restrictions. Impact of COVID-19 restrictions… Read more »
Daphne Berkovi, an active supporter of the Campaign, discusses her personal experience of loneliness and isolation after becoming a carer, and what helped her overcome it. “Britain’s army of unpaid carers struggle to cope without support” (the I 08/05/12) “Loneliness: the tragically silent killer which is so easy to combat” (the I – 15/03/2012) These… Read more »
Peter Girling, Chairman of Campaign supporter Girlings Retirement Rentals, explains how they are supporting their community tenants to avoid loneliness and his support for recently proposed housing reform. Loneliness is something we can all feel at any stage in our lives, but as we get older many people may feel increasingly isolated and lonely, especially… Read more »
Jennifer Francis, Research Analyst at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), discusses evidence from research and practice, which shows that services to support friendships are successful in reducing loneliness and improving health and quality of life. A recent study carried out by DEMOS for WRVS found that UK older people are the loneliest among… Read more »
Hamish Hayes, from Think Dementia Community Care, writes about his experiences of loneliness and dementia for Dementia Awareness Week. Can you imagine a period in your life where you have conversed with an ex-government agent, a World War Two ordinance scientist, a nationally recognised pianist, an international award winning photographer or indeed a global policy… Read more »
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