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Social Isolation

These documents outline the problem of social isolation in relation to public health.

Presented in 3 sections, they include:

  • evidence on the link between social isolation, poor health outcomes and health inequalities
  • identification of who is at risk of social isolation and what impact this has on health inequalities
  • possible interventions to reduce social isolation in identified populations

They can be accessed by clicking here:

This resource is part of the ‘Local Action on Health Inequalities’ Collection that can be accessed by clicking here:

The Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness programme looked at reducing loneliness in four differing areas, working with residents, recruiting community researchers, and in partnership with local organisations. This evaluation highlights its impact on individuals and communities, and lessons for similar programmes.

The report:

  • highlights that good practice requires skilled staff who are able to communicate effectively and provide pastoral support to volunteers;
  • reveals how community researchers changed because of their involvement in the programme;
  • demonstrates where was wide community impact; and
  • shares wider lessons from taking a neighbourhood approach.


The toolkit explains how to best include assessments of loneliness prevalence and indicators in Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs). It covers key research on the detrimental impact of loneliness on our health and offers a financial case for taking preventative active. It also demonstrates how loneliness relates to Adult Social Care and Public Health Outcomes Frameworks. 

The toolkit can be accessed here:

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