Tempo Time Credits and The Campaign to End Loneliness
We are delighted to announce the launch of our report in partnership with The Campaign to End Loneliness. Over the past year, we have been working hard with The Campaign to End Loneliness and the communities of West Wales with the aim of producing this report.
There are nine million lonely people in the UK and four million of them are older people, many of whom find that constant loneliness is the hardest thing to overcome, and lack the friendship and support we all need. We believe that people of all ages should be enabled to make connections that matter.
Since 2017, a National Lottery Community Fund grant has enabled us to work on the ground in West Wales. We chose to develop the Campaign in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire where ending loneliness is a specific challenge since those counties contain many rural and isolated communities and older populations. West Wales includes a range of diverse urban and rural communities which provide us with an opportunity to see how geographic isolation impacts on loneliness, for example, in terms of the effect of limited public transport links. Furthermore, the region has a disproportionate representation of:
- Welsh language users
- Older people
- Older migrants/retirees who may have limited social networks in their new communities
A quarter of West Wales’ population is aged over 65. This is set to increase as older people retire to these areas, and younger people move away for education and employment opportunities, potentially leaving fewer chances for meaningful inter-generational connections.
This report created in partnership with Tempo Time Credits will help bring together and showcase all the hard work and achievements of the campaign since 2017.
“The Campaign to End Loneliness has been able to focus on West Wales with the support of the National Lottery Community Fund since 2017. As the grant winds down, we want to leave a legacy for that work in the form of this report which brings together the learning and insight of the many committed individuals and organisations we have been fortunate enough to work with.”
Director of Campaigns
Policy and Research, Campaign to End Loneliness
You are invited to read the full report here.
You can read the report in Welsh here.