Campaign to End Loneliness

A partnership approach based on evidence

The Campaign to End Loneliness’s key message, based on evidence, is that loneliness has a severe negative impact on health. The Campaign seeks to raise awareness of the issue and appropriate responses amongst both policy makers and practitioners.

In early 2017 the Campaign received significant investment from the Big Lottery Fund, enabling it to scale up its activities across the UK. 

The Campaign’s last full independent evaluation describes it as having achieved significant change. It has for example:

  • Garnered over 2000 supporters and over 5,000 twitter followers;
  • Inspired the Secretary of State for Health to support its goals;
  • Contributed to the inclusion of loneliness as an issue of concern in half the strategies produced by health planning boards in England;
  • Helped to change debate in the media about loneliness, reframing it as a health issue;
  • Helped supporter organisations to improve their services (of the half who had done so, 80% said the Campaign had been influential).

The Campaign developed a Learning Network in 2014 and piloted a Loneliness Measurement Tool in 2015 to better enable organisations working with older people to improve their services.

The UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation helped to found the Campaign, which is managed by a partnership of five organisations (Independent Age, the Royal Voluntary Service, Age UK Oxfordshire, Sense and Manchester City Council).

Further information on the work of the Campaign is available on its website: www.campaigntoendloneliness.org.