National action on loneliness
Through this project, The British Red Cross and Co-op have shared learnings with loneliness initiatives across the UK, released two major reports on tackling loneliness and provided support to the Loneliness Action Group.
What was it about?
The British Red Cross and Co-op have been working in a charity partnership since 2015 to tackle loneliness and social isolation in the UK. Through learning events, this programme enabled localised services to share insights about their work reconnecting lonely people with their communities. It also identified the most effective features of social prescribing for tackling loneliness, and next actions and recommendations for commissioners, funders and government bodies.
Who was it for?
- Through digital and face-to-face learning events, members of the British Red Cross Community Connector schemes shared learnings about their work reconnecting lonely people with their communities across the UK.
- The partnership were able to learn about social prescribing from these Community Connectors and stakeholders through a series of interviews and workshops, and produce a report outlining areas for action when tackling loneliness.
- Finally, this programme helped the Loneliness Action Group maximise engagement and strategic direction from its meetings in order to more effectively develop solutions around loneliness.
Why did people get involved?
- enabled those striving to tackle loneliness in the UK to have more meaningful conversations, find better solutions and work more efficiently
- allowed the partnership to share learnings from community initiatives across the UK in order to improve their own understanding of the current challenges, as well as to strengthen those initiatives.
Across four learning events, 50 Community Connector schemes came together to share and reflect on the challenges facing services. In-depth visits, (digital and face-to-face) workshops and interviews with Community Connectors and stakeholders also took place in order to develop a report on social prescribing for loneliness. Finally, the Loneliness Action Group were able to get the most out of their quarterly meetings due to Kaleidoscope’s facilitation and encouragement to have conversations ahead of time in the form of phone interviews and surveys.
This project is supported by Kaleidoscope Health and Care.