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Can a neighbourhood approach to loneliness contribute to people’s well-being?

This report evaluates the overall impact of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness programme.
The main principles of the Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness programme are that community activities can contribute to the well-being of people at risk of, or experiencing, loneliness; that such people can play a central role in these activities; and that this involvement can also enhance community well-being. This report is based on consultation with community researchers, professional stakeholders, programme staff and community members.

The report:

  • highlights that good practice requires skilled staff who are able to communicate effectively and provide pastoral support to volunteers;
  • reveals changes in community researchers resulting from their involvement in the programme;
  • demonstrates where there has been community impact; and
  • shares wider lessons which can be learnt from taking a neighbourhood approach.