Tackling loneliness through connections and creativity #BUnotalone

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The National Centre for Post-qualifying Social Work (NCPQSW) is pleased announce that it will be hosting a free event on tacking loneliness through connections and creativity as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Date: Thursday 9th November 2017 9.30 – 4pm

Location: Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5 1LX

Increasingly loneliness is a concern for health and social care agencies as it can be ‘a tipping point’ for an individual being referred to adult social care or being seen regularly at GP Surgeries’ (LGA, 2016:2). It can have serious detrimental impacts on both mental and physical health and wellbeing, and may also increase the risk of individuals responding to financial scams and manipulation.  Purposeful social activity has been identified as an important aspect of well-being in later life (Allpass et al. 2007), and it is therefore important for society to look at ways of tackling loneliness which build on social connectedness and creativity, and which offer individuals opportunities to build and share social capital.

This ESRC Festival of Social Science event will showcase recent research and best practice responses dealing with loneliness. Alongside key presentations there will be opportunities to think creatively about how both agencies can work together to build creative responses to tackle loneliness.

Places are limited and can be booked through the following link: www.bournemouth.ac.uk/esrc-fss

For further information on the event please contact:
Professor  Lee-Ann Fenge – Deputy Director NCPQSW lfenge@bournemouth.ac.uk

References

 Allpass, F., Towers, A., Stephens, C., Fitzgerald, E., Stevenson, B. and Davey, S. (2007) Independence, well-being and social participation in an aging population. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1114: 241-50.

 Local Government Association (2016) Combating loneliness: A guide for local authorities. London: LGA.

 

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