Welcome to this guidance developed by the Campaign to End Loneliness.

Loneliness is a deeply personal experience, which makes addressing the issue particularly complex for commissioners and service providers.

This resource provides adult social care, clinical commissioning groups and public health teams guidance on planning how to address the loneliness experienced by older people in their local populations.

Our loneliness framework (click on icons right) sets out the full range of interventions needed from stakeholders across the community, beyond the health and social care sector, to support older people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, loneliness. This framework has been adapted from Promising Approaches to Reducing Loneliness and Isolation, produced by the Campaign to End Loneliness and Age UK.

A strategic approach to tackling loneliness is needed to ensure interventions are successful. This guidance takes you through step by step how to approach the issue effectively; from using national policy levers, to developing a strategy, and evaluating your impact.

Loneliness Challenges: Sally’s Story

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