Two’s Company: Tackling Loneliness in the UK | IPT
Chair: Tracey Crouch, House of Commons
Speaker: Joanna Dring, Head of Media, Heineken
Speaker: Professor Niall Hayes, Professor of Information and Organisation, Lancaster University
Dinner Discussion


Tuesday 02 June 2020


House of Commons

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Estimates claims that there are nine million lonely people in the UK, including around 200,000 older people who have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month. Three-quarters of GPs surveyed have said they are seeing between one and five people a day suffering with loneliness. Research has found loneliness to have a negative effect on other health measures with those suffering from loneliness more likely to have emergency admissions, enter residential care, suffer depression, and develop dementia. Social prescribing will allow GPs to direct patients to community workers offering tailored support and engaging them with community activities and voluntary services by 2023. With rates of loneliness expected to rise in the coming years, how we can tackle social isolation?


This dinner discussion will:

  • Consider the importance of building and sustaining social networks
  • Explore possible interventions and examples of existing good practice
  • Discuss how to effectively coordinate strategies across public service, community and voluntary sector organisations, public spaces and amenities