Reducing Social Isolation

Public Health England, September 2015

Outlines the problem of social isolation in relation to public health, identifying who is at risk of social isolation and what impact this has on health inequalities as well as possible interventions to reduce social isolation in identified populations.

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Peer support: what is it and does it work?

National Voices, May 2015

This review found evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. It also showed that there is a limited understanding of the different forms of peer support, how best to deliver support and the forms of training and infrastructure to get the most impact from it so concludes that further evidence is needed to fully understand the impact it has on the health service and individuals with long-term health conditions.

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Hidden Citizens: How can we identify the most lonely older adults?

Campaign to End Loneliness, April 2015

This report explores current understandings of, and approaches to, identifying loneliness and provides insights into how services can improve their outreach and better support people who are experiencing loneliness.

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Promising approaches to reducing loneliness and isolation in later life

Age UK, January 2015

This report raises concerns that the issue of chronic loneliness in older people is becoming a major public health challenge. The report sets out a new framework for understanding how to tackle the problem, presenting a range of projects and examples from around the country demonstrating the many, varied solutions needed for an effective response to a very personal problem.

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