Key Points
  • Examine the steps required to prevent isolation and loneliness and how to identify and engage with isolated and lonely older people
  • Explore the impact of Covid 19 on the social isolation and loneliness in older people: changes to community-based support, the role of social prescribing in supporting those who were shielding and developing innovative technology-based intervention
  • Understand which interventions are the most successful and sustainable and how we can create the spaces for interventions to take place
  • Exploring multi agency strategies to deliver a cross-sector approach to tackle loneliness and isolation in older people
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Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Professor Anthea Tinker, Professor of Social Gerontology, King's College London
  • Robin Hewings, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Hannah Pearce, Head of External Affairs, Age UK
  • Dr Michael Dixon, GP and Clinical Champion for Social Prescribing (NHS England) and Chair of Council, College of Medicine
  • Olivia Field, Policy and Engagement Manager (Loneliness and Social Isolation), The British Red Cross
  • Dr Deborah Morgan, Senior Research Officer, Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University
  • Dr Mark Spencer, Community Champion for Healthier Fleetwood, Clinical Director for Fleetwood Primary Care Network and GP, Mount View Practice
  • Marjie Walker, Scheme Manager, The Link Visiting Scheme
  • Philip Cook, General Manager, Involve Community Services
  • Sasha Khan, East London Cares



    The UK is facing a loneliness epidemic, with around 1.2 million older people believed to be struggling with severe loneliness and chronic isolation.

    With loneliness being linked to illnesses including heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, we're facing one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown will have a long-term and profound impact on social isolation and loneliness in older people and will further compound the public health emergency.

    Westminster Insight's Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older People Conference aims to bring all the relevant services together to examine what is being done to address this growing epidemic and will feature a range of sessions on how we can try to combat loneliness and isolation among older people by adopting a cross-sector approach.

    Olivia Field, Loneliness Lead at The British Red Cross will discuss which interventions are the most successful and sustainable. You will also learn from insightful case studies showcasing successful approaches from across the UK along with a personal insight from an older person who has experienced social isolation and loneliness.

    This conference is designed for health, social care, and housing professionals, local authorities and the voluntary and community sector, along with those in the private sector and SMEs.

Agenda
Start

09:30 - 09:45
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Anthea Tinker Professor of Social Gerontology, King's College London

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09:45 - 10:05
My Story: A Personal Insight into Social Isolation and Loneliness

 
Vic will be sharing his own personal story and insight into social isolation and loneliness since his wife sadly passed away five and a half years ago.

In sharing his own experiences, Vic hopes to combat his feelings of loneliness and isolation and hopes his actions may go someway towards helping others from feeling the same.



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Vic Brown

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10:05 - 10:55
Panel Discussion: How can we tackle loneliness and social isolation in older people?

 
  • What steps can we take to prevent loneliness and isolation?
  • How can we identify loneliness and isolation in older people within our communities?
  • Engaging with older isolated and lonely people if they aren't seeking any help for themselves and they don't share any interests or hobbies
  • How social prescribing is treating loneliness and social isolation of older people
  • How can we give older people the courage to take that first step and what community initiatives can we implement to nudge older people to take that first step?

Speakers

Robin Hewings Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, Campaign to End Loneliness

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Dr Michael Dixon GP and Clinical Champion for Social Prescribing and Chair of Council, College of Medicine

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Hannah Pearce Head of External Affairs, Age UK

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10:55 - 11:25
How can Housing and Technology Help Older People who are Lonely and Isolated?

 
Housing is often neglected in discussions about loneliness and isolation and in this presentation, various options that may help to overcome this will be explored.

Similarly, different kinds of technology, including examples from Canada, will be discussed.

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Professor Andrew Sixsmith Scientific Director, AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE)

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Professor Anthea Tinker Professor of Social Gerontology, King's College London

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11:25 - 11:45
Break

 

11:45 - 12:25
Examining Loneliness during COVID-19: What's changed, what's worked, and what this means for the future

 
  • How has loneliness changed during the pandemic? 
  • What's it felt like to be lonely during COVID-19?
  • What are the different areas of the country doing to engage with lonely and isolated older people and which interventions have been successful?
  • We know multiple forms of interventions can have a positive impact on loneliness and isolation in older people but how can we turn that evidence base into action? What do we do next?

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Olivia Field Policy and Engagement Manager (Loneliness and Social Isolation), The British Red Cross

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12:25 - 12:55
Engaging the rest of the population into helping or befriending older people

 
  • Reducing the stigma around loneliness and ageing - ageist attitudes around covid which may exacerbate loneliness
  • Engaging the population in working with older people to address loneliness
  • Role of volunteering or helping out in local communities in light of covid

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Dr Deborah Morgan Senior Research Officer, Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University

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12:55 - 13:25
Case Study: Healthier Fleetwood - Working Together to End Loneliness and Social Isolation

 
Mark will outline the approach that's been taken over the past four years by residents, health and social care professionals and local agencies working in partnership across their community to address loneliness and social isolation through Healthier Fleetwood. 

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Dr Mark Spencer Community Champion for Healthier Fleetwood, Clinical Director for Fleetwood Primary Care Network and GP, Mount View Practice

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13:25 - 14:25
Lunch

 

14:25 - 14:55
Case Study: A Joined-Up Approach to Reconnecting Isolated Older People with their Community

 
  • From social isolation to social integration - a pathway to being better connected
  • Working in partnership with the local authority, local charities and other organisations
  • Forming an alliance to avoid replicating each other's services to fill in all the gaps and employ people jointly between us
  • Experiences and successes to date

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Marjie Walker Scheme Manager, The Link Visiting Scheme

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Philip Cook General Manager, Involve Community Services

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14:55 - 15:25
Case Study: Reducing Loneliness and Isolation in Older People and Younger Professionals

 
  • Overview of the Cares Family - how we came to exist, why we exist, numbers to date, evaluation outcomes
  • Social clubs - unexpected and challenging stereotypes; drag queen karaoke, bricklaying, green month,vegan tasters
    - Older person case study
    - Younger person case study
    - Collaborating with local businesses
  • Love your Neighbour - one-to-one friendship over the long term; an hour a week without phones, bringing the outside world in
    - Friendship case study
  • Outreach:
    - Bus stops, doorsteps, supermarkets and betting shops - face-to-face rather than relying on leaflets
    - Exploring the successes and challenges of connecting with social housing and the health sector
    - Understanding how 'Accidental Advocacy' enables the building of trust and therefore long term support
    - Community collaboration is key
  • Attracting young people: storytelling, flexibility and making it easy to get involved, working with workplaces
  • Replicating our model in different areas (north London, south London, Manchester, Liverpool, east London) - challenges and adaptions to the model based on different needs and demographics

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Sasha Khan Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, East London Cares

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15:25 - 15:30
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Anthea Tinker Professor of Social Gerontology, King's College London

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End

Speakers

Vic Brown

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Philip Cook General Manager, Involve Community Services

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Dr Michael Dixon GP and Clinical Champion for Social Prescribing and Chair of Council, College of Medicine

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Olivia Field Policy and Engagement Manager (Loneliness and Social Isolation), The British Red Cross

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Robin Hewings Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, Campaign to End Loneliness

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Sasha Khan Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, East London Cares

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Dr Deborah Morgan Senior Research Officer, Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University

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Hannah Pearce Head of External Affairs, Age UK

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Professor Andrew Sixsmith Scientific Director, AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE)

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Dr Mark Spencer Community Champion for Healthier Fleetwood, Clinical Director for Fleetwood Primary Care Network and GP, Mount View Practice

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Professor Anthea Tinker Professor of Social Gerontology, King's College London

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Marjie Walker Scheme Manager, The Link Visiting Scheme

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Venue details

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