The Strategy contains about 60 commitments, across nine government departments, to lay the foundations for long-term work on loneliness. The strategy sets out existing and new government commitments and partnerships in three areas.
1. Organisations that support and enable people’s relationships
The Government, working with local authorities, business and civil society, will:
- improve how organisations and services connect people at risk of experiencing loneliness to support, by ensuring all GP practices can offer social prescribing services and exploring how other frontline staff can also direct people to support.
- make it easier to access information about local community groups, activities and support services for loneliness.
- catalyse the sharing of knowledge and good practice on tackling loneliness.
2. Community infrastructure that powers social connection
The government will work with local authorities, the voluntary sector, transport providers, and digital and social media companies to:
- unlock the potential of underutilised community space.
- create a transport network that supports people’s social connections and helps people be connected to their community.
- place community at the heart of the design of housing developments and planning.
- maximise the power of digital tools to connect people.
3. Building a culture that supports connected communities
The government will work with others to:
- Build a national conversation to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding loneliness.
- Support grassroot opportunities to strengthen local social relationships and community ties.
The reader is referred to the strategy document for the details behind these commitments.