On the 19th of June, the Campaign to End Loneliness hosted Connect + Act, a sold-out health and wellbeing 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.
Connect + Act gave an overview of how loneliness impacts public health, and the progress already made to influence policy at a local and national level. Attendees shared their own knowledge and expertise in our open debates and open space presentation sessions, and learnt from others.
We were delighted that Minister for Care Services, Norman Lamb MP, Lorraine Jackson from the Department of Health, Gregor Henderson from Public Health England and Mithran Samuels, from Community Care magazine, were able to speak and debate at the event.
Watch our short film of the day!
- Listen to our keynote speaker, Norman Lamb MP, talking on the day about what the Department of Health is doing to tackle loneliness in older age (with introduction from Laura Ferguson)
- We have created a short visual and written summary of the day using Storify, which can be found here
- A selection of photos from the event are now available on our Flickr page.
- Read ideas and issues raised during the morning discussion session and some of the Open Space groups: Connect + Act Discussion and Open Space Notes