27 July 2016

Happy 5th Birthday to the Campaign to End Loneliness

The Campaign to End Loneliness, an organisation closely tied to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, is celebrating its 5th birthday today.

The Campaign to End Lonelienss has been highly successful over the past five years. Its advocacy work has given the issue of loneliness a much higher media profile, it has positively influenced the policy of public sector organisations, and developed a strong network of practitioners and researchers working in the field.

We’re proud the Campaign has its roots in the Foundation. We originally convened the organisations that developed the Campaign and we have supported its work in the five years since its launch.

Here at the UK Branch we still remain focused on the issue of loneliness, but tackle it from a different perspective. Our Transitions in Later Life programme helps people in late middle age prepare for retirement and the changes that come with it, so potentially destabilising and distressing transitions that can lead to loneliness are significantly reduced.

The Campaign to End Loneliness has its offices in the same building as the UK Branch and tonight we’ll be joining the team to raise a glass to the last five years, and look ahead to what we hope will be an exciting future.