Overview

25 May, 20219:30 am-1:00 pm26 May, 20219:30 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

This conference will examine successful methods for tackling loneliness, especially reflecting on the impact of isolation as a result of Covid-19. The conference will also explore latest updates on the Government’s ‘A Connected Society’ policy, with updates from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) as well as the Campaign to End Loneliness. In addition, best practice practitioners will share examples from local government, housing and voluntary organisations about raising awareness, connecting individuals and communities and building a connected society.

Policy Background 

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport between 6-18% of the population often or always feel lonely. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) 2.6 million people in Great Britain reported that they ‘often’ or ‘always’ felt lonely between 3 April and 3 May 2020, during the lockdown. Over half of people over 75 live alone, and according to the ONS, 16-24 year olds were the highest proportion of any age group to report loneliness.  Loneliness is an issues that affects people across the life course and has significant mental and physical health implications. It increases the likelihood of mortality by 26% meaning it is a comparable risk to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

In October 2018, to help tackle this issues, government released A Connected Society: A Strategy for Tackling Loneliness and appointed the world’s first minister to lead the work. This launched the £11.5 million ‘Building Connections Fund’ in partnership with the Co-op Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund and delineated priority areas for community initiatives and policy developments, stimulating progress in the area.

Since the publication of the strategy, the government marked the one-year anniversary of the strategy by announcing an additional £2 million of grant funding in October 2019. Annually the government releases a Loneliness report to benchmark progress and highlight areas for improvement. The January 2021 Loneliness Annual Report outlined the word carried out during Covid-19 and plans for the future. This included a launch of a comprehensive plan in April 2020, which categorised loneliness as a priority, brought together a new Tackling Loneliness Network and the announcement of a new £5 million fund for 9 national charities to support those struggling in isolation and form loneliness.

In addition, the Campaign to End Loneliness published its ‘Lessons from Lockdown: Loneliness in the time of Covid-19’ report in February 2021. It outlines key findings from experiences of those supporting people experiencing loneliness during the pandemic, as well as how this support can continue into the future.

With a variety of resources and funds available, it is vital for local authorities, healthcare providers and voluntary organisations to continue to harness resources and work together to solve this social issue. Failure to do so could see a generation of people continuing to suffer at the hands of this preventable epidemic.

Watch this video to find out more about the online event experience.

Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Sector based networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Key Speakers

Ramona Herdman photo
Ramona Herdman
Director of Loneliness
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
Olivia Field photo
Olivia Field
Head of Health and Resilience Policy
British Red Cross

Other Speakers

Su Moore photo
Su Moore
Interim CEO
The Jo Cox Foundation
Barry Knowles photo
Barry Knowles
Social Prescribing Service Manager
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Jessica Davies photo
Jessica Davies
Digital Care Advisor, Adult and Community Services
Suffolk County Council
Chris Payne photo
Chris Payne
Head of Quantitative Analysis for the Centre for Equalities and Inclusion
ONS
Dr Marie Polley photo
Dr Marie Polley
Co-Chair
The Social Prescribing Network

Agenda

  • Day 1 - 25th May
  • Day 2 - 26th May
9:30 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:40 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:50 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham
Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham
Professor of General Practice Research
Keele University
Invited
10:00 am
Lessons from Lockdown: Loneliness in the Time of Covid-19
  • Sharing insights from the ‘Lesson from Lockdown’ report, published in February 2021, and outlining how the campaign is helping to address loneliness and isolation in the long term
  • Understanding the challenges that still lie ahead in tackling loneliness in the post pandemic world and discussing the next steps that need to be taken in the journey to end loneliness
  • Outlining practical strategies to support people most at risk, most of whom might have already been suffering from loneliness before the pandemic began
  • Exploring how important it is to bridge the digital divide, with lack of connection to technology and digital skills being a major cause of isolation during Covid-19
Robin Hewings
Robin Hewings
Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research
Campaign to End Loneliness
Confirmed
10:20 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
10:30 am
Outlining How and Why You Need To Work in Partnership to Tackle Loneliness at a Time of Crisis
  • Sharing findings from the ‘Lonely and Left behind: tackling loneliness at a time of crisis’ report, which provides insights into how those affected by the pandemic are coping
  • Exploring the work that the British Red Cross conducted in partnership with Co-op in supporting the APPG on Loneliness and its aim to ensure people are supported throughout their life to have meaningful social connections.
  • Outlining findings from the APPG’s major independent inquiry into loneliness and how they hope to seek renewed cross-government commitment to tackle underlying causes of loneliness
Olivia Field
Olivia Field
Head of Health and Resilience Policy
British Red Cross
Confirmed
10:50 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:10 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:30 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Effectively Tackling Loneliness Through Social Prescribing
  • Exploring how social prescribing can effectively support engagement with the most vulnerable and lonely people in your community
  • Sharing best practice for developing and implementing effective social prescribing services
  • Highlighting the important role that social prescribing played during the pandemic in supporting lonely and socially isolated people
  • Discussing how to successfully deliver the NHS England social prescribing model
  • Understanding the wider health benefits of social prescribing, including improved mental health and wellbeing
Tim Anfilogoff
Tim Anfilogoff
Head of Community Resilience and NHSE Regional Associate, Social Prescribing
Hertfordshire CCGs
Confirmed
Katy Warren
Katy Warren
Social Prescribing Project Lead
Shropshire Council Public Health
Confirmed
Barry Knowles
Barry Knowles
Social Prescribing Service Manager
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Confirmed
Dr Marie Polley
Dr Marie Polley
Co-Chair
The Social Prescribing Network
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Mapping Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Chris Payne
Chris Payne
Head of Quantitative Analysis for the Centre for Equalities and Inclusion
ONS
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
12:40 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

*Programme Subject to Change

9:30 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:40 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:50 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham
Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham
Professor of General Practice Research
Keele University
Invited
10:00 am
DCMS Policy and Progress Update - Tackling Loneliness: Building A Connected Society
  • Sharing updates from the ‘Loneliness Annual Report – January 2021’ including three key objectives: reducing stigma, driving a lasting shift and playing our part in improving the evidence base on loneliness
  • Exploring the progress made on ‘A Connected Society: A strategy for tackling loneliness’ and outlining next steps
  • Highlighting practical tips from the Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign, launched in April 2020 and updated with the Loneliness Winter Calendar, which support people to talk openly about loneliness during Covid-19
  • Outlining how the Tackling Loneliness Network has grown to include over 70 organisations and is working in partnership to tackle four priority areas: youth loneliness, loneliness in older people, local and place-based approaches and digital inclusion
Ramona Herdman
Ramona Herdman
Director of Loneliness
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
Confirmed
10:20 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
10:30 am
Local Government Practical Insights: Learning to Prevent Loneliness by Supporting Digital Access and Inclusion

Hear from Suffolk County Council as they share key insights and learning outcomes from how they kept people connected during Covid-19 by providing care technology to providers and vulnerable people.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how the council worked in partnership to deliver 5,000 video carephone devices to ensure vulnerable people stayed connected during the outbreak
  • Learn from the quick implementation plan delivered across the county and how the council was able to deliver essential services to prevent loneliness at pace
  • Learn how to identify the types of digital services and training required by different vulnerable groups, to ensure they receive the appropriate support
  • Learn how lessons learnt from providing digital access during the pandemic are informing future care technology programmes and ensuring their sustainability for the future
Jessica Davies
Jessica Davies
Digital Care Advisor, Adult and Community Services
Suffolk County Council
Confirmed
10:50 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:00 am
Top Tips for Utilising Grants to Tackle Loneliness in Local Communities

Hear from Woody’s Lodge as they share key insights and learning outcomes from utilising funding to effectively support armed service veterans, recent leavers, reservists and those serving in the emergency services in Wales.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn from Project 360, which was funded by Aged Veterans Fund to provide services for veterans aged 65 and over in Wales
  • Learn how Project 360 effectively managed a grant programme in order to maintain and expand services such as activities, events and resources
  • Learn how an alliance of 21 national voluntary organisations worked in partnership to effectively utilise 3 years of funding
  • Learn how further funding is continuing to support Woody’s Lodge hubs beyond the initial Project 360
Graham Jones
Graham Jones
CEO
Woody’s Lodge
Invited
11:20 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:30 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:50 am
Roundtable Discussions – Interactive Breakout Rooms
Breakout Room A: Connecting to end loneliness - lessons from the Connection Coalition and beyond

Discussion Points and Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to reinforce and create meaningful connections to prevent isolation and loneliness in your community, as outlined in the ‘A connected Society’ Strategy
  • Discuss the importance of maintaining connections as we look at returning to a post pandemic sense of normality, learning from insights gained from the Connection Coalition
  • Share lessons learnt from tackling loneliness and isolation during the pandemic and how can this be applied to prevent loneliness in the long term
Su Moore
Su Moore
Interim CEO
The Jo Cox Foundation
Confirmed
Breakout Room B: Sharing Strategies for Combatting Elderly Loneliness

Discussion Points and Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn and discuss how to develop strategies for combatting loneliness specifically targeted at elderly people
  • Discuss how to support digital inclusion in the elderly so they feel more connected with family, friends and the community, reflecting on lessons learnt during the pandemic
  • Sharing insights into services provided by Age UK and how you can work in partnership with them to tackle loneliness in your community
Vinal Karania
Vinal Karania
Research Manager, Policy & Research Team
Age UK
Invited
12:40 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

*Programme Subject to Change

Audience

This Conference is specifically designed for Local Authorities, Central Government and the Voluntary Sector as well as the Housing, and Social Care Sectors. Typical job titles will include:

  • Chief Executives
  • Community Engagement/Outreach Managers
  • Head of Policy and Public Affairs
  • Health and Well-being Divisions
  • Heads of Care and Community Services
  • Safeguarding Managers
  • Service and Commissioning Managers
  • Directors of Ageing/Social Impact
  • Public Health Leads/Managers
  • Neighbourhood Investment Officer
This Forum is also open to the wider Public and Private Sectors to encourage debate and networking.

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