The Missing Million: A Practical Guide to Identifying and Talking about Loneliness

In recent years there has been a significant increase in public interest in loneliness and the issue is rapidly moving up the political agenda. Yet, in the United Kingdom, it is estimated that in excess of one million people over the age of 65 are chronically lonely.

The Missing Million: In Search of the Loneliest in Our Communities report (opens new window), published by the Campaign to End Loneliness in June 2016, provided a comprehensive overview of the existing methods being used to identify and engage with people experiencing loneliness. Drawing on this evidence, the purpose of this document is to provide practical guidance for commissioners, service providers, front line workers and volunteers; helping you to identify older people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, loneliness and to better understand and engage with these missing million lonely older people.