Loneliness & Isolation

In partnership, the Working Group aims to identify, develop and test ways of improving the quality of life of older people who may be lonely and isolated and are at risk from declining health and wellbeing. In particular, the Group encourages work to identify and engage those who are hard to reach in the community by:

  • Encouraging small group working on new research or pilot models
  • Sharing knowledge and new findings relevant to our purpose of alleviating loneliness and isolation
  • Collaborating to enhance the work of their own organisations.

The Improving the Lives of Excluded Older People working group has merged with the Loneliness & Isolation working group. There was much overlap between the issues covered by each group and it was agreed they could be addressed more effectively through combined effort. While often associated with material deprivation, disadvantage and disability, older people who are socially-excluded are also isolated and very often feel lonely. Practical action to improve the lives of isolated and lonely older people should encompass those who are also socially-excluded.


A Message from the Chair

Shelagh Marshall. Chair of Future Years

Shelagh Marshall. Chair of Future Years

Shelagh works closely with the Campaign to End Loneliness, and is a significant influence on strategy and raising awareness of current published research. She is committed to ensuring best practice and current research are shared and used as widely and effectively as possible within the Age Action Alliance network, and beyond.

Shelagh was awarded an OBE in June 2014 for her work with the elderly.




Current Focus

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Our Chair, Shelagh, is now designated an Ambassador for the Campaign to End Loneliness and has delivered 12 workshops across Yorkshire and Humber to raise awareness of:

  • Situations which may lead to people becoming lonely
  • Ways to prevent loneliness
  • Negative impact on an individual’s health.



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