- Olivia Field, Senior Policy Adviser, Cross-Government Loneliness Team, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
- Robin Hewings, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, Campaign to End Loneliness
- George McNamara, Director of Policy and Influencing, Independent Age
- Andrea Wigfield, Director, Centre for Loneliness Studies at University of Sheffield
- Charlie Bethel, Chief Officer, UK Men’s Sheds Association
- Paola O’Sullivan, Programme Coordinator for Small Acts of Friendship – Friends of Brighton Hove
- Alexandra Hoskyn, Founder, Chatty Café Scheme
- Further speakers to be confirmed
At the end of 2018, the Government launched the UK’s first loneliness strategy in order to improve the lives of elderly citizens. This strategy emphasises the importance of promoting good mental wellbeing, encouraging social connectedness and removing stigma from older peoples lives in the changing context of social relationships. With loneliness in older age groups being linked to illnesses such as heart disease, stoke and Alzheimer's, social isolation has become a major public health concern. However, to build a national conversation around loneliness, raise awareness of its impacts and help tackle associated stigmas, a society-wide change is required across a range of public sector services.
Join us this August to review your region's approach to social connectedness and inclusivity for older people. This event will provide a platform to share ideas, best practice and new approaches to recent policy developments for charities, business, local authorities and health and social care experts in order to improve the lives of the elderly members of our communities.
Key issues to be addressed include:
- The Loneliness Strategy: what to expect when transforming health and social care
- A connected society: existing policy and guidance regarding older people’s wellbeing
- Mental health and wellbeing: building on current effectiveness of early intervention and prevention strategies
- Comparing the effectiveness of different forms of intervention in improving the wellbeing and quality of life of lonely older people
- The role of housing: exploring innovative housing solutions to improving mental wellbeing, health and social care for the elderly
- Assessing the role of technology in promoting maintaining independence, promoting communication and improving wellbeing among the elderly
- Good practice examples of engaging with different age groups and creating a cohesive community
- Reducing stigma and challenging expectations around age and older people
- Promoting active ageing, socialising and communication through collaborative working
- A multi-agency approach to constructing social prescribing schemes
The morning session will review recent policy and guidance and preventative approaches to tackling loneliness, improving mental wellbeing and preventing social isolation across a range of sectors.
The afternoon session will build on this, focusing on promoting social connectedness and exploring and promoting social prescribing. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with our panel of experts throughout the day.
Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.
Who should attend?
Anybody interested in improving mental wellbeing and health and social care for older people, including but not limited to: general practitioners; nursing teams; monitoring officers; operations managers; care home managers; public health teams, health & wellbeing boards, health visitors, CCGs, clinical leads, charities, businesses, local government, the voluntary sector and wilder civil society.
Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.
Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.
For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657