Independent Age and the Alzheimer’s Society are the co-chairs of the Department for Culture, Media and Sports’ Loneliness Network – Older People Task and Finish Group. This group is made up of organisations who support, and care about, people in later life.
The task force is investigating how the pandemic has affected services/charities which combat loneliness for those in later life, and the people who use them or volunteer for them. They have two surveys which will help gather information to inform their recommendations:
- The first asks about people’s personal experience of the COVID pandemic and whether it has affected their feelings of loneliness. It also later asks for anyone with volunteering experience during the pandemic to share their thoughts: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/96MNVDK
- The second seeks views of organisations who deliver services to people in later life which aim to combat loneliness: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V27VWX5