Key Points
  • Progress with the Government's Tackling Loneliness Network Action Plan, Emerging Together, and the opportunities for your organisation to access funding
  • Tackling stigma and encouraging open conversations around loneliness and isolation
  • Reviewing best practice initiatives focused on vulnerable groups at risk of loneliness, including people with dementia, young carers and people with disabilities
  • Digital inclusion and utilising a range of technologies to tackle loneliness
  • Expanding social prescribing to ensure everyone can access relevant support
  • Championing the role of volunteering and supporting local community groups
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Overview
Expert speakers:
  • Chaired by: Su Moore, Chief Executive, Jo Cox Foundation
  • Ravneet Virdi, Head of Tackling Loneliness, Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Robin Hewings, Director of Policy, Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Richard Kramer, CEO, Sense
  • Mark Rowland, Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation
  • Sarah Van Putten, Chief Executive, Befriending Networks
  • Tim Leech, CEO, Wavelength
  • Liz Leach Murphy, Founder and Managing Director, Imagineer CIC
  • Bruce Moore, Chief Executive, Housing 21
  • Reinhard Guss, Psychologist, Specialist Older Adults Mental Health Service, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Mohan Sekeram, GP Principal Wideway Medical Practice, SWL Clinical Lead Personalised Care, Clinical Lead Social Prescribing Wandsworth and Merton
  • Steve Broome, Project Lead, Healthy Ageing Through Innovation in Rural Europe, East Sussex County Council
  • Sue Egersdorff, Founder, Ready Generations
  • Christine Bettson, Befriending and Wellbeing Officer, Trent and Dove Housing
  • Vicky O’Donoghue, Co-Production Lead, Age Better in Sheffield
  • Heather Madden, Programme Manager, The Cares Family
  • Alison Ingram, Head of Wellbeing Services & Partnership Affairs, Age UK
  • Kristina Leonnet, Senior Innovation and Change Manager, Centre for Ageing Better
  • Debbie Derbyshire, Manager, Kensington Community Learning Centre

Loneliness is a public health issue that cuts across every aspect of health and wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic brought the importance of social connection and relationships into sharp focus.

Join Westminster Insight’s Tackling Loneliness Digital Conference to find out how to take action in your community to reduce social isolation. Chaired by Su Moore, CEO of the Jo Cox Foundation you will learn from leading stakeholders and practitioners who have implemented successful loneliness strategies and initiatives. Understand which interventions are the most sustainable and how to harness local capacities.

You will hear from Ravneet Virdi, Head of Tackling Loneliness in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who will address the Government's Action Plan to combat loneliness. Robin Hewings, Director of Policy of the Campaign to End Loneliness will address new opportunities, including the £750 million package of support for community-based interventions.

The conference will focus on three key areas: multi agency working, supporting harder to reach, vulnerable groups and improving digital inclusion.

We will cover loneliness across different age groups. Attend your choice of streams via our digital platform. Stream one will focus on harder to reach groups of young people. Stream two will focus on older people experiencing loneliness.


Agenda
Start

08:50 - 09:05
Chair's Extended Opening Remarks

 
  • Next steps to build a connected recovery that mitigates loneliness beyond the pandemic 
  • Working together to reduce inequalities and barriers for reconnection across vulnerable groups 
  • Reducing stigma and creating opportunities for open conversations around loneliness and isolation 

Speakers

Su Moore Chief Executive, Jo Cox Foundation

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09:05 - 09:30
Keynote Address: Emerging Together- Exploring the Tackling Loneliness Network Action Plan

 
Reviewing next steps for the Tackling Loneliness Network Action Plan for life beyond the pandemic

9:20-9:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Ravneet Virdi Head of Tackling Loneliness, Department of Culture Media and Sport

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09:30 - 09:55
Recovery Progress Post COVID-19: Lessons Learned from the Campaign to End Loneliness

 
  • Reviewing the impact of COVID-19 on loneliness on different vulnerable groups and overcoming exclusion barriers including mental health, unemployment and other aggravating factors
  • Supporting capacity building in community groups and businesses to foster resilience and recovery
  • Learnings from successful loneliness strategies including the Tackling Loneliness Hub 
9:45-9:55 Questions and Discussion


Speakers

Robin Hewings Programme Director Campaign to End Loneliness

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09:55 - 10:50
Panel Session: Implementing a Multi-Agency Approach to Tackle Loneliness and Build Community Cohesion

 
  • Identifying co-design and co-production opportunities to create community driven and long-lasting solutions 
  • Using place-based approaches and community based support brokerage, across local authorities, health and social care and charities to foster community cohesion and engagement
  • Understanding the importance of volunteers in tackling loneliness and creating a volunteer pipeline that meets the needs and demands of local communities
  • Delivering effective commissioning across agencies to offer person centred solutions including social prescribing and wellbeing approaches
10:40-10:50 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Liz Leach Murphy Founder and Managing Director, Imagineer CIC

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Christine Bettson Befriending and Wellbeing Officer, Trent and Dove Housing

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Sarah Van Putten Chief Executive, Befriending Networks

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Dr Mohan Sekeram GP Lead for Social Prescribing, Merton CCG

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10:50 - 11:00
Break

 
You will have the opportunity to choose one from the following streams 

11:00 - 12:00
Stream 1

 

Reaching out to Young People at Particular Risk of Loneliness

  • Reviewing young peoples’ experiences of loneliness and successful low-level interventions 
  • Helping young people build healthy and meaningful relationships
  • Highlighting the effectiveness of peer support groups to foster continuity and engaging relationships 
  • Engaging with young parents and carers to improve their mental health

Case Study: Supporting Young People with Complex Needs to Promote Wellbeing and Social Inclusion

  • Reviewing Sense’s work in tackling isolation and improving wellbeing through specific programmes to tackle loneliness and our wider sport and physical activity programmes 
  • Understanding experiences of loneliness and isolation facing disabled people and how it has been exacerbated by the pandemic
  • Harnessing collaboration and learnings to improve well-being outcomes for young people with complex needs 


Speakers

Richard Kramer CEO, Sense

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Su Egersdorff Founder, Ready Generations

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Mark Rowland Chief Executive, The Mental Health Foundation

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11:05 - 12:00
Stream 2

 

Joint Session- Tackling Loneliness in Vulnerable Older People

  • Recovering and reconnecting after COVID-19: boosting confidence and stimulating people to implement healthier social, emotional, and mental health habits
  • Reviewing the impact to care home residents of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on mental health, loneliness, and isolation 
  • Supporting vulnerable older adults including people with dementia and ongoing health conditions to improve quality of life and reduce loneliness 

Case Studies: Reducing Isolation in Older People Through Housing

  • Learning from Housing 21 to support people in sheltered accommodation 
  • Highlighting the role of care homes as a place to connect residents 
  • Harnessing best practice in digital interactions to integrate rather than isolate groups into the local community 
  • Exploring the unique experiences of care home residents throughout the pandemic and how providers addressed loneliness and isolation of residents 


Speakers

Reinhard Guss Senior Clinical Psychologist, Specialist Older Adults Mental Health Services, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Steve Broome Project Lead, Healthy Ageing Through Innovation in Rural Europe, East Sussex County Council

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Vicky O' Donoghue Co-Production Lead, Age Better in Sheffield

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Bruce Moore Chief Executive, Housing 21

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12:00 - 12:55
Panel Session: Improving Digital Inclusion and Using Hybrid Models to Decrease Loneliness

 
  • Developing toolkits and resources that allow different vulnerable groups to utilise a range of technologies to tackle loneliness
  • Using co-production approaches that incorporate digital participation allowing for increased interaction and feedback
  • Equipping staff with the skills needed to improve media literacy and build social connections  
  • Transitioning to hybrid delivery to cover wide-ranging needs and evolve for life beyond the pandemic 
12:30-12:40 Questions and Discussion


Speakers

Alison Ingram Head of Wellbeing Services & Partnership Affairs, Age UK

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Debbie Derbyshire Manager, Kensington Community Learning Centre

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Tim Leech Chief Executive, Wavelength

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Kristina Leonnet Senior Innovation and Change Manager, Centre for Ageing Better

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Heather Madden Programme Manager, The Cares Family

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Christine Bettson Befriending and Wellbeing Officer, Trent and Dove Housing

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Steve Broome Project Lead, Healthy Ageing Through Innovation in Rural Europe, East Sussex County Council

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Debbie Derbyshire Manager, Kensington Community Learning Centre

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Su Egersdorff Founder, Ready Generations

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Reinhard Guss Senior Clinical Psychologist, Specialist Older Adults Mental Health Services, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Robin Hewings Programme Director Campaign to End Loneliness

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Alison Ingram Head of Wellbeing Services & Partnership Affairs, Age UK

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Richard Kramer CEO, Sense

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Liz Leach Murphy Founder and Managing Director, Imagineer CIC

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Tim Leech Chief Executive, Wavelength

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Kristina Leonnet Senior Innovation and Change Manager, Centre for Ageing Better

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Heather Madden Programme Manager, The Cares Family

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Bruce Moore Chief Executive, Housing 21

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Su Moore Chief Executive, Jo Cox Foundation

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Vicky O' Donoghue Co-Production Lead, Age Better in Sheffield

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Mark Rowland Chief Executive, The Mental Health Foundation

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Dr Mohan Sekeram GP Lead for Social Prescribing, Merton CCG

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Sarah Van Putten Chief Executive, Befriending Networks

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Ravneet Virdi Head of Tackling Loneliness, Department of Culture Media and Sport

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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