What you can do about loneliness in your neighbourhood

A new resource pack aims to show people what they can do to reduce loneliness in their neighbourhood.

Today JRF and JRHT are launching a free resource pack setting out what you can do to reduce loneliness where you are. Tracey Robbins explains.

Loneliness affects us all, and affects us in the places and communities where we spend our lives.

We know that:

Loneliness can take us by surprise or can follow naturally in the wake of one of life’s transitions, for instance bereavement, redundancy, illness or some other change of circumstance such as moving house starting school or university.

We know that to build resilience we must first build personal and community confidence. We’ve put together this resource pack to provide you with the Why, How, What, Who and Where of our research to help you apply our learning to your neighbourhood.

The pack includes:

  • a guide and tips for negotiating community action;
  • a guide to the causes of loneliness;
  • ideas to reduce loneliness;
  • a collection of case studies;
  • how we did it – the process;
  • a guide to group work sessions to get you started;
  • ten top tips from the external evaluation.

Our research draws on thousands of comments across different neighbourhoods in different cities. Local people, trained and supported in Participatory Learning and Action research methods and practice, developed links with local stakeholders and are putting ideas into practice in their neighbourhoods to reduce loneliness and increase neighbourliness.

In this pack, we share our evidence to inform not only your professional practice, but also your personal practice, but I can’t stress enough the simple things we can all do to make a difference.

As our Chief Executive Julia Unwin explains in her foreword to the case studies booklet: “Feeling lonely will always be painful, but it is usually transient. Problematic, deep-seated, on-going and, all too often, unacknowledged loneliness, is a more serious concern.”