Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation: The challenge and what public services can do to meet it in Wales?
Date: 31st March 2019
Venue: TBC (Central Cardiff)
Time: 9.30 – 16.00
Purpose of event
Loneliness and social isolation are key challenges to wellbeing. As improving wellbeing continues
to be a priority for Welsh policy and public services, tackling loneliness and social isolation will
continue to be on the agenda at both the national and local level.
Loneliness and social isolation affect many different people and compromise wellbeing across the
life course. The National Survey for Wales shows that younger people and those materially
deprived report higher levels of loneliness and social isolation, and suggests some relationship
between loneliness and where you live. Beyond this data, a growing evidence-base from research
and practice is shedding new light on the causes of loneliness and social isolation, how it is
experienced and how it can be overcome.
The Wales Centre for Public Policy is planning an event to bring local public service providers,
from local government and the third sector, together with academics to share knowledge and
experience, discuss local issues and challenges, understand the impact and consider how to
mitigate and prevent loneliness and social isolation.
In the morning, the event will introduce the attendees to the available evidence on what works in
tackling loneliness and social isolation and provide an opportunity to engage with leading
academics on the theme of different group experiences of loneliness and social isolation. It is
anticipated that, among other considerations, the discussion will be concerned with the following:
Tackling loneliness and social isolation throughout the life course;
The relationship between loneliness and social isolation and ill health and disability
Carers experience of loneliness and social isolation
Geographic variation (rural and urban) in loneliness and social isolation
In the afternoon, there will be two sessions of concurrent workshops, demonstrating good practice
for tackling loneliness and social isolation across Wales and the UK. There will be time to discuss
and reflect on the possibilities for policy and practice learning and transfer, and the benefits and
challenges for local areas and local service providers.
The event will take place on 31st March 2020 in central Cardiff.
Register your interest by 10 February 2020