'Awards for all' Big Lottery Funded Project 2017

man and woman


The film is the key output of a pilot project to engage people about the challenges of living alone and caring for a partner in later life. Nine people were successfully recruited from 40 participants, at two open engagement events.

Click here to see details of the engagement events held

The film featuring seven participants was premiered at a showcase event to local groups and societies who reflected on the content and then pledged actions to increase numbers of older members and guests at events.

Click here to view the film

Watching the Film

The film is 24 minutes long and is divided in to 9 themes, with musical fades between each group of themes, to make viewing more flexible as follows:

• Intro and Ageing

• Attitudes to Ageing

• Bereavement

     o Musical Fade

• Accessing Care Services

• Getting Out

• Joining Groups

    o Musical Fade

• Living Alone

• Social Support Networks

• Talking with People

Intended Audiences

It is hoped anyone interested in the challenges faced by older people living on their own or caring for partners will benefit from watching this film. This should include Health and Social Care practitioners and commissioners, Housing Officials, Community Development teams, Public Services, Education Institutions at all levels, Private and Third Sector organisations serving older adults and the general public (as friends, relatives and neighbours.)

For More Information

If more information on this topic is required please click on these resources:

Hidden Citizens

How can we identify the most lonely older adults? 

The Missing Millions

In search of the loneliest in our communities 

Testing Promising Approaches to Reducing Loneliness

Results and Learnings of Age UK’s Loneliness Pilot. 

No one should have no one

Working to end loneliness amongst older people 

Predicting the prevalence of loneliness at older ages

Professor José Iparraguirre, Chief Economist, Age UK 

Combating Loneliness

A guide for local authorities

Ageing without Children survey results 2015

Ageing without children is hosted by the Beth Johnson Foundation