A network of national, regional and local organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels.
A Practical Guide to Identifying and Talking about Loneliness:
Age UK runs local services, campaigns for more support from Government and connects older people groups. They offer befriending services and Friendship Centres for older people.
Their goal is to make a difference to the lives of Londoners by connecting people who need help with those who are willing to give and they are dedicated to improving the lives of London’s most disadvantaged. They support a range of charities and community groups across London, specialising in funding smaller organisations that do not attract mass public support.
National charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. Supported by a network of volunteers, they organise monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. They currently have over 670 groups across England, Scotland and Wales. If you would like to try a tea party, know someone who would might benefit or would like to volunteer:
The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness has been set up to work to address the impact loneliness has on so many different sections of society. It will focus on the positive action we can all take to recognise it, build connections and help ourselves and others. The Commission aims to highlight the problem and to get people talking at all levels - whether chatting to a neighbour, visiting an old friend, or just making time for the people they meet. The Commission also aims to target businesses and employer organisations and look at what action local and national Government can take to combat loneliness.
The British Red Cross support thousands of people every year who are suffering the damaging effects of loneliness and social isolation. They are looking for people willing to spend a little time helping lonely or isolated people in their local area.
SANE is a UK-wide charity working to improve quality of life for people affected by mental illness. SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through our helpline and email services and our online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences.
Helpline: Available on 0300 304 7000 from 4:30pm - 10:30pm every evening
Support Forum: Available 24 hours a day to share experiences with other members and give/receive mutual support
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. Their vision is for a prosperous UK without poverty, where everyone can thrive and contribute. They work with private, public and voluntary sectors, individuals and communities to inspire debate and action, and to develop solutions.
They provide a set of resources to help individuals, groups, communities and neighbourhoods take a closer look at, and reduce, loneliness.
Get it here: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/loneliness-resource-pack
Share & Care was established to address a growing need to provide elderly people with low-cost companionship and practical help, by offering homeshares to the elderly and disabled across London and throughout the UK. A homeshare involves bringing together two people with different sets of needs, both of whom have something to offer each other:
The Homeowner has a home they are willing to share and are at the stage of life where they will benefit from receiving a level of practical help around their home as well as the reassurance [for them and their relatives] of having someone living with them.
The Sharer benefits from affordable accommodation and is willing to give practical support – such as cooking, shopping, light cleaning, laundry, DIY, gardening, computer assistance – and friendly companionship in exchange for somewhere to live.
Reconnections is a new service to reduce loneliness and social isolation in Worcestershire, run by Age UK. They work with people to understand their individual needs and interests, in order to turn their life (and health) around on a meaningful, long term basis.
T: 01905 740954
An organisation that believes that people with mental health issues have the right and the abilities to lead independent, fulfilling lives as part of their communities. They offer a wide variety of support to help people deal with the personal and practical impacts of mental health issues with services ranging from one-to-one support in the community to supported accommodation and making sure people understand and are able to express their needs in their dealings with official bodies.
The Furzedown Project is an activity centre for older people located in the community of Furzedown, in the borough of Wandsworth. They aim to prevent social isolation among older people and help to improve the health, well-being and independence of their members
The Cares Family is a group of local community networks of young professionals and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing cities. They acknowledge that while our big cities are amazing, they can also be anonymous, lonely and isolating. The Cares Family was founded in 2011. They believe their model is important because it targets the two groups most at risk of loneliness – and because it works.