University of Bath

Exploring the Value of Developing Place Based Approaches and Solutions to Loneliness

The Institute for Policy Research is convening a workshop to explore the value of developing place based approaches and solutions to loneliness.

12 Jul 20189.30am
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12 Jul 20182.00pm
Free
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It seems this is the Age of Loneliness. Loneliness is considered as an epidemic, as our national shame, as more dangerous than physical inactivity and obesity. To be lonely is no longer just the fate of older people - it is the young that more commonly claim to be lonely. Meeting friends socially is declining and we have less people to talk with about the things that are important to us.

In response there are an ever increasing range of initiatives to stimulate the provision of support, social connection and increased wellbeing, and the UK Prime Minister has set up a cross government strategy on loneliness.

The Institute for Policy Research is convening a workshop to explore the value of developing place based approaches and solutions to loneliness. This means taking a systems based approach at the level of local government. Rather than focusing on isolated interventions for those at the highest risk and seeking to demonstrate their impact on individual wellbeing, we will explore how best to enable connectedness and relationality though the services delivered in a local area.

The IPR has been pleased to engage with government initiatives around tackling loneliness and the current cross government strategy on loneliness. As the Minister responsible for this area we are delighted to hear of Tracey Crouch’s interest in this symposium: “This event can provide a valuable input to the development of Government strategy in this area. I am delighted that some of the Tackling Loneliness team will be represented and I will look forward to hearing your conclusions about the feasibility of placed based approaches to preventing loneliness.”

Agenda:

09:30 - Registration

10:00 - Welcome note by Nick Pearce, Director of The Institute for Policy Research and Professor of Public Policy.

10:05 - Keynote one: Robin Durie, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter

10:35 - Keynote two: Nathan Yeowell, Head of Policy and External Affairs at NPC

11:05 - Refreshment break

11:15 - Keynote three: Gemma Holden, Community Navigator Coordinator at Community Navigators Bristol

11:45 - Panel discussion: Chris Head, Director at West of England Rural Network; Be McCarroll, Head of Housing Services at Bristol City Council; Claire O'Shea, Campaign Manager at Campaign to End Loneliness and Ian Keasey, Health and Wellbeing Project Manager at Public Health England South West

12:45 - Closing remarks by Professor Julie Barnett, Deputy Head of the Department of Psychology at the Institute for Policy Research

13:00 - Lunch buffet