Key Points
  • Government priorities to tackle loneliness, funding and the Connected Society strategy
  • Key factors of successful interventions to combat loneliness
  • Developing multi-agency partnerships to create inclusive societies
  • Identifying and engaging those most at risk of becoming lonely including the elderly, ethnic minorities, young people and those from rural communities
  • The importance of access to transport and technology in enabling social connection


Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Kate Shurety, Acting Executive Director, Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Jill Wells, Programmes and Partnerships Manager, Co-op Foundation
  • Rachel Cooper, Chief Executive, Leeds Older People’s Forum
  • Zoe Anderson, Knowledge and Learning Manager, The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Anna Garrod, Head of Health and Resilience Policy, British Red Cross
  • Tim Leech, Chief Executive, Wavelength
  • Jasmin White, Head of Programmes, South London Cares, The Cares Family
  • Confirmed Representative, The Loneliness Lab


    Research by the British Red Cross and the Co-op estimate that over 9 million people in the UK are always or often lonely, contributing to poor health and rising costs and pressure on public services. Kantar Public, 2016

    Westminster Insight’s Tackling Loneliness Briefing brings together key stakeholders as they’ll outline what needs to be done to identify, engage and tackle social isolation. With a new Minister for Loneliness, the Connected Society Strategy and an influx of funding for programmes that tackle loneliness, the issue is becoming a mainstream priority.

    You will explore how different sectors including local government, VCSE, health, social care and housing can work better in partnership to identify and reduce loneliness across the UK.

    Don’t miss your opportunity to develop strategic methods of partnership working to improve well-being and social inclusion amongst all communities and ages.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 10:00
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Kate Shurety Acting Executive Director, Campaign to End Loneliness

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10:00 - 10:30
Insights into the Epidemic of Loneliness

 
  • What we have learned about social isolation and loneliness
  • Considering the causes of entrenched loneliness, what can be done to prevent it and ways to offer support in proportionate and people-centred ways
  • Stories from charities across the UK, and underlying principles that have enabled their work
10.20 - 10.30 Questions and Discussion 

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Zoe Anderson Knowledge and Learning Manager, The National Lottery Community Fund

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10:30 - 10:50
Developing a Multi-Agency Place-Based Approach

 
  • Mapping local provision and existing assets
  • Breaking down silos between different agencies, including sheltered housing, health and social care providers, schools, faith groups, third sector and emergency services
  • Working with local stakeholders to identify and engage the most isolated
  • Raising awareness of local provision and signposting people who are lonely or at-risk of loneliness to suitable services
10.50 - 11.00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Rachel Cooper Chief Executive, Leeds Older People’s Forum

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11:00 - 11:30
The Work of the Loneliness Lab

 
  • Bringing together designers, web developers, government workers, planners, and people who experience loneliness to meet and reshape urban spaces to combat loneliness
  • What we learnt from testing ideas and pilots
  • Next steps for rolling out what works
11.20 - 11.30 Questions and Discussion

11:50 - 12:10
Tackling Youth Loneliness

 
  • How loneliness affects young people, and what can help them
  • Overcoming the stigma of youth loneliness
  • Case studies of best practice
  • Evaluating what works, and sharing good practice

Speakers

Jill Wells Programmes and Partnerships Manager, Co-op Foundation

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12:10 - 12:40
Integenerational Loneliness Projects

 
  • Reducing loneliness and unwanted isolation among older people and young professionals alike
  • Risk factors and nuances of loneliness for different age groups
  • Improving the wellbeing, connection, belonging, purpose and power of all participants
  • Bridging the gaps across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides
  • Evaluating the model - what works
12.30 - 12.40 Questions and Discussion

12:40 - 13:00
Overcoming Barriers to Inclusivity in Different Ethnic Groups

 
  • Understanding the experiences of loneliness and key barriers to inclusion for people from Black, Asian and Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds
  • The role of community in creating a greater sense of belonging and the role of place in easing loneliness
  • Solutions to overcome loneliness including sustainable funding, equality of access, raising awareness and tackling stigma
  • Case studies of best practice

Speakers

Anna Garrod Head of Health and Resilience Policy, British Red Cross

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13:00 - 13:30
Improving Digital Inclusion to Combat Loneliness

 
  • How digital inclusion helps tackle loneliness
  • Tailoring the support to the older person, focusing on their interests, how they wish to learn, and making it a fun and positive experience
  • Examples of successful projects to help engage people at a digital level
  • Success factors, lessons learnt and next steps
13.20 - 13.30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Tim Leech Chief Executive, Wavelength

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13:30 - 13:30
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Briefing

 

End

Speakers

Zoe Anderson Knowledge and Learning Manager, The National Lottery Community Fund

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Rachel Cooper Chief Executive, Leeds Older People’s Forum

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Anna Garrod Head of Health and Resilience Policy, British Red Cross

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Tim Leech Chief Executive, Wavelength

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Kate Shurety Acting Executive Director, Campaign to End Loneliness

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Jill Wells Programmes and Partnerships Manager, Co-op Foundation

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Jasmin White Head of Programmes, South London Cares

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Venue details

Central London


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