Above And Beyond: How Voluntary Sector Providers Of Disability Support Add Value To Communities – Voluntary Organisations Disability Group

Report considering the influence and potential of voluntary sector providers of social care through real life stories from four disability support providers from across England. The report outlines the voluntary care sector’s key impacts, including: engaging local partners and harnessing

Changing Lives: the social impact of participation in culture and sport: Eleventh Report of Session 2017–19: Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report – House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee report that finds that opportunities to reap major benefits in criminal justice, education and health are being missed by the failure of government to recognise and harness social impact. It argues

Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy – Carnegie Trust

There is growing recognition of the importance of human connection and relationships for individual and societal wellbeing. Values that were previously considered ‘out-of-scope’ – such as kindness, love and compassion – just might form part of the solution to some of our most

Reaching out: Tackling disengagement among Pakistani and Bangladeshi women in Britain – Institute for Public Policy Research

The community-based interventions profiled as part of this research demonstrate that these approaches can be highly effective, but they are struggling, and remain dependent on a shrinking pool of local authority grants.  Ensuring that community-based support remains viable will be critical

Londoners said – Mental Health Foundation

Report on an engagement exercise udertaken for Thrive LDN by the Mental Health Foundation. Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners. The report recommends that they: Develop, train and support a

Children’s And Young People’s Experiences Of Loneliness: 2018 – Office for National Statistics

Analysis of children’s and young people’s views, experiences and suggestions to overcome loneliness, using in-depth interviews, the Community Life Survey 2016 to 2017 and Good Childhood Index Survey, 2018.

National Measurement of Loneliness: 2018 – Office for National Statistics

This compendium provides comprehensive information on the loneliness measurement landscape, the recommended national indicators of loneliness and the question testing underpinning its recommendations.

A Society of Readers – Demos

Demos carried out research over the summer of 2018 to assess the potential impact of reading on several great challenges of our time: loneliness, mental health problems, dementia and social (im)mobility. If left unchecked, this research shows, these challenges will

A fair, supportive society: summary report – University College London Institute of Health Equity

NHS England commissioned report that highlights that some of the most vulnerable people in society – those with learning disabilities – will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population. Much of the government action needed to improve

Age is just a number: Views among people aged 50 and over in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing – Centre for Ageing Better

Report on a longitudinal study on ageing that finds it is essential that we help people to think about their health and how to keep active and socially connected as they grow older so that their worst expectations about poor

Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering: Review of community contributions in later life – The Centre for Ageing Better

Centre for Ageing Better report calls on charities, voluntary organisations and the public sector to do more to support and sustain the good will and effort of older volunteers. Making a contribution to our communities has been shown to improve

An overview of reviews: the effectiveness of interventions to address loneliness at all stages of the life-course – What Works Wellbeing

The review sought to address the question: What is the effectiveness of interventions to alleviate loneliness in people of all ages across the lifecourse? The results from controlled study designs in community settings and care homes showed no effect of interventions

A connected society: A strategy for tackling loneliness: Laying the foundations for change – Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

This strategy sets out the approach to tackling loneliness in England. It marks a shift in the way we see and act on loneliness, both within government and in society more broadly. The strategy looks at what can be done to

All the Lonely People: Loneliness in Later Life – Age UK

Report from Age UK that focus’ on understanding the circumstances associated with feeling lonely and explaining what we know works in supporting people to tackle feelings of persistent loneliness. It suggests: Social activities are an essential component of successful approaches to tackling

Self harm and suicide: A review of evidence for prevention from the UK focal point for violence and injury prevention – Liverpool John Moores University Centre for Public Health

Review of evidence for prevention of Self harm and suicide from the UK focal point for violence and injury prevention, it considers evidence in terms of: Developing awareness and skills Increasing identification and referral Supporting and treating those at risk Community

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing: Second Edition – All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

The Inquiry Report, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing – Second Edition, presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government,

An exploration of how the social value of small groups and projects funded by Sefton CVS, Living Well Sefton Community Resilience Fund may be measured and evidenced – Liverpool John Moores University Public Health Institute

Sefton Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) manage a range of programmes that provide support for people within the local community. These programmes differ in size and delivery, and include projects related to health and wellbeing, children, young people and families, criminal justice

An evaluation of the social value of the Get into Reading initiative in Wirral, Merseyside -Liverpool John Moores University Centre for Public Health

This report forms part of a two-year project to map community assets on the Wirral, evaluating the social value created through engagement assets within the Wirral. Get into Reading is a social inclusion shared reading project which was developed by

The Failing Safety Net – Age UK

New interim report from Age UK warns that that the safety net we expect to be there for us as we age, if we are living at home, has become dangerously weak, with older people living alone in declining health,

Reducing the impacts of welfare reform and recession: A guide based upon evidence from Merseyside and Cheshire – Liverpool John Moores University Centre for Public Health

Recent and ongoing reforms to the welfare system and the economic recession have had significant impacts upon many of the most vulnerable members of the population and the services supporting them. Included in this guide are ten evidence-based recommendations to