Our 4th Annual Conference, ‘Be More Us: Belonging and Community’, takes place on the 9th of October 2018 at the British Library’s incredible Knowledge Centre.

Last year’s sold-out conference, ‘Kindness Can: A Positive Future for Loneliness’, brought together over 200 delegates from business, entertainment, politics, academia and media.

With your support, the Campaign to End Loneliness has grown. Our film ‘The Loneliness Project’ has been seen by over 85 million people worldwide.

The world’s first Minister for Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, was appointed in January this year. Our new movement, Be More Us, has engaged thousands of people to celebrate the small moments of connection that are an important part of tackling loneliness.

‘Be More Us: Belonging and Community’ will build on this momentum to inspire even more action on loneliness.

Loneliness affects the health and wellbeing of millions of older people in the UK and around the world. It’s one of the biggest issues of today and tackling it is more urgent than ever. So what can we do about it? How do we end loneliness?

We’ll celebrate the people and organisations helping people of all ages connect, and showcase innovative approaches to tackling loneliness from across the world.

We’ll explore sustainable and future-proofed communities; the role of culture, sport and the arts in tackling loneliness; intergenerational relations, and what we can share with and learn from other countries, communities and cultures.

Our speakers

And we’re excited to announce some of the leading thinkers, writers and policy makers from around the world.


  • Dr Julianne Holt-Lunstad –  The world’s leading expert on loneliness
  • Tracey Crouch MP – The world’s first Minister for Loneliness
  • Professor Emeritus Lord Layard –  One of Britain’s leading economists and the former ‘Happiness Tsar’
  • Libby Page – Bestselling author of ‘The Lido’
  • Kate Leaver – Author of ‘The Friendship Cure’

Our workshops

The British Library's Knowledge Centre

The British Library’s Knowledge Centre


We have more exciting names to be announced alongside a series of interactive workshops.

  • What’s Age Got To Do With It?

A workshop to explore the impact and power of intergenerational relationships, and the effect they can have on loneliness.

  • People, Places, and Spaces: Future-Proofing our Communities

A workshop to explore how we can build sustainable communities for connected futures.

  • Loneliness Around the World

A workshop to explore what we can learn from other countries, communities and cultures about approaches to loneliness.

  • Can Culture Combat Loneliness?

A workshop to explore the role of culture, sport and the arts in tackling loneliness

Buy your tickets

The British Museum and St. Pancras

The British Museum and St. Pancras

Tickets are priced at £144.00 and are selling fast. We look forward to seeing you there, and working together to end loneliness.

Join charities, policy-makers, businesses, older people and local authorities for a day of conversation and innovation. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to network and lunch is included. Some bursaries are available, as well as a discount for small community-based organisations. If you would like to apply for a bursary or discount, please contact Alex Howells: alex@campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk.

Tickets have now sold out for the event, but a live stream will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMF0e4NjvJg&feature=youtu.be 

‘Be More Us: Belonging and Community’

Tuesday 9th October 2018 – 9.00am – 5.30pm

The Knowledge Centre,

The British Library

6 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DB