The Campaign to End Loneliness has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to build on its policy and frontline work and extend its impact across the whole of the UK.

The Campaign has secured up to £50,000 of development funding, to expand the Campaign’s activities towards a whole community focus, highlighting loneliness as an issue which has a wide ranging impact on society.

Director of the Campaign to End Loneliness, Marcus Rand, said: “We’re delighted to receive this support from the Big Lottery Fund. This will allow us to do the deep development thinking to significantly scale-up our work. If we are to end loneliness then all sections of society must become involved.

“Our aim will be to highlight the role that all individuals and organisations can play and the small changes that can be made to help identify and respond to issues of loneliness at the local neighbourhood level.”

The Campaign to End Loneliness is a network of national, regional and local organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research, advocacy and policy to create the right conditions to reduce loneliness in later life.

The Campaign was launched in 2011, is led by five partner organisations, Age UK Oxfordshire, Independent Age, Manchester City Council, Royal Voluntary Service and Sense, and works alongside more than 2,000 supporters to tackle loneliness in older age. Thus far the Campaign’s work has been funded by Founder Funder the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Independent Age, the John Ellerman Foundation, the Tudor Trust and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.