Combating loneliness: a guide for local authorities


In this guide, we set out a range of actions for effectively combating loneliness, building on the latest evidence.


Isolation: the emerging crisis for older men

By Independent Age and ILC-UK

A report exploring experiences of social isolation and loneliness among older men in England. The Research has used newly released English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) as well as interviews, focus groups and existing evidence.


Older People: independence and mental wellbeing


This guideline covers interventions to maintain and improve the mental wellbeing and independence of people aged 65 or older and how to identify those most at risk of a decline. It includes: principle of good practice, group-based activities, one-to-one activities, and volunteering.


Later life in 2015: An analysis of the views and experiences of people aged 50 and over By Ageing Better

Centre for Ageing Better and Ipsos MORI

Research report investigating happiness in later life and identifying the factors that make for a good later life in 2015.


Investing to Tackle Loneliness

Social Finance

The following paper details work undertaken with Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire to design a service that addresses loneliness, particularly among older people. The report introduces potential costs of loneliness to the public sector and sets out our initial findings based on available evidence. It describes one model of commissioning services through a Social Impact Bond, which offers value to both commissioners and service providers.


Joseph Rowntree Loneliness Project: Loneliness Resource Park

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

A set of resources to help individuals, groups, communities and neighbourhoods take a closer look at – and to reduce – loneliness.


The Lonely Society

Mental Health Foundation

This report examines how modern society has changed the way people connect. It aims to raise awareness of loneliness and its effect on our mental health, detailing steps we can take to reduce isolation.


How to cope with loneliness


Explains loneliness, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.