Tackling loneliness through the built environment and the spaces we share: 

Session 1: What do we know from research and practice? Why does it matter? 

On Thursday 9 June we brought together  leading academics, policymakers, architects, designers and local authority commissioners and planners,  this event is the first part of a two part series looking at the relationship between the built environment and loneliness.

You can watch our recording here

Our speakers

Dr Helen MacIntyre from the Campaign to End Loneliness presented on starting points for evidence and the context for research in this area (Timings: beginning to 11:50)

Dr Sophie Yarker from University of Manchester, author of Creating Spaces for an Ageing Society, will present from her research with Ambition for Ageing in Manchester and will discuss the difference place makes to social connection of older people from minority ethnic groups through increasing bonding and bridging capital. (Timing from 11:50-35:41)

Dr Anne-Kathrin Fett from City University presented on the recently published ‘Systematic Review of Studies Describing the Effectiveness, Acceptability, and Potential Harms of Place-Based Interventions to Address Loneliness and Mental Health Problems’ carried out with colleagues from the fields of the built environment, social psychiatry and psychology. She will also outline the next steps for this area of their research. (Timing from 35:41-50:00)

Meredith Bowles founder and principal of Mole Architects – the architects for the award winning Marmalade Lane cohousing development in Cambridge which is included as an example of good design in the Loneliness Lab report ‘Using Design to Connect Us’.. Meredith presented  on how well-designed housing can be used to tackle loneliness. (Timings from 60:00)

Further information/ reading

  • A blog written by Yung-Chia Hsueh, UCL Division of Psychiatry and Dr Alexandra Pitman, UCL Division of Psychiatry; Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, which outlines the findings presented by Dr Anne-Kathrin Fett is available here
  • A Systematic Review of Studies D escribing the Effectiveness, Acceptability, and Potential Harms of Place-Based Interventions to Address Loneliness and Mental Health Problems. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health19(8), 4766. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19084766

 

Thursday 7 July

A follow up event Making places less lonely – how do we make it happen is planned for Thursday 7 July (2-4pm BST).

Find out more and to book a place.