Connecting Bromley - reducing social isolation in Bromley
Who is affected?
Reducing social isolation across the life course (2015) by UCL Institute of Health Equality outlines the impact of social isolation, risks and impact on health in four groups: pregnancy and early years; children and young people; working-age adults and retirement and later life. It also looks at interventions to reduce social isolation in these groups. Find out more.
Social Isolation and Loneliness in the UK (2017) summarises the impact of factors on social isolation and loneliness, groups at risk: pregnancy and early years; childhoods and adolescences; young adults, working age and retirement and later life. It also looks at a number of solutions. Read the full report.
The You're not alone (March 2017) research report by Relate based upon The Way We Are Now survey of more than 5,000 people across the UK shows that social isolation and loneliness is a widespread issue that affects people of all demographics, and can have damaging impacts on health and wellbeing. You may find it useful to read the Your're not alone report which highlights:
- More than an eighth of people (13%) reported themselves as having no close friends
- Two-fifths (40%) of people who have no close friends also said they never or rarely feel good about themselves
- Almost half (45%) said they feel lonely at least some of the time, and almost a fifth (18%) said they feel lonely often or all of the time
- Nearly a sixth (17%) of people reported they never or rarely feel loved
- Younger people (16-35) were less likely to report having ‘good’ quality relationships, and more likely to state they feel lonely ‘often or all of the time’ than older respondents
A Red Cross report looks at causes and predictors of isolation, measuring isolation and consequences of isolation. It looks at 6 groups of those at risk of isolation: family-related loneliness (bereavement, divorce, young care leavers); disability and ageing (physical disability, sensory impairments, later life); resource-constrained groups (poverty and deprivation, transport and mobility); stigmatised groups (refugees/asylum seekers, people with learning disabilities or mental ill-health); occupational loneliness (carers) and deliberately isolated groups. Read the full review on Isolation and loneliness: an overview of the literature (2016).
Befriending Networks looks at prevalence in the UK by age, gender, marital status, household type and income. You can find out more in the Summary of recent research evidence about loneliness and social isolation, their health effects and the potential role of befriending.
Find out how people can be supported and how to measure success. We also have more information on the impact of social isolation and what the local picture is.