Collectively our team have secured approximately £11m funding, for 46 projects which relate to the topic of loneliness.
Examples of some of our team’s recent projects include:
|Project Title||Details||Funding||Associated Links and Publications||Project Co-ordinator(s)|
Evaluation of Fit as a Fiddle.
|This project involved the evaluation of Age UK’s Fit as a Fiddle programme which ran from January 2014 to June 2015. The programme involved three connected projects: Fit for the Future, Cascade Training and Dementia Friendly communities. We evaluated
these through the quantitative analysis of data collected in a longitudinal survey of participants, case studies, focus groups, and
in-depth interviews. The Fit for the Future project had a range of
benefits for older people who participated in it, including an
enhancement of their social connections.
Social Isolation Index.
|It has long been recognised that becoming socially isolated can have detrimental effects on a person’s physical and mental health. To help
identify those most at risk,an index representing social isolation
amongst older people in Leeds was created by Leeds City Council.
This project involved sense testing the Social Isolation Index.
|Leeds City Council||
"Assessing the Effectiveness
Evaluation of Get Moving.
|Get Moving was an eight month initiative funded by the Greater London Authority which aimed to reduce the social isolation of older
people in Greater London through supporting activities delivered by
community organisations. This evaluation explored
the extent to which the interventions were successful through a two stage survey of participants and range of stakeholder interviews.
|GLA (Greater London Authority)||Get Moving: Pilot Scheme Review|
Social Isolation and Loneliness.
|This project involved a review of literature to explore the links between social isolation and loneliness and formed the basis of the
development of a new conceptual frame work for understanding social
relationships and loneliness.
|Age UK||Loneliness and isolation –
understanding the difference and
why it matters
Evaluation of the British Red Cross Community Connectors Programme July
2017 – February 2019
The British Red Cross Community Connectors Programme aims to reduce the social isolation and loneliness of a range of groups,
|The British Red Cross|
Understanding barriers faced by BAME community members in accessing loneliness services
|This study aimed to understand the barriers (and facilitators) faced by BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) community members in
accessing loneliness services, identify ways in which service providers
may improve referrals, and also influence policy change more broadly.
The project built on the findings from Trapped in a Bubble, research
commissioned by the British Red Cross and Co-op Partnership
which focused on the triggers of loneliness amongst individuals. The research design drew on qualitative research techniques selected to
answer the detailed research questions identified by the funder
and research team. The findings will help guide policy makers and
providers to ensure that BAME communities are better enabled to
benefit from service provision that can support those who are experiencing, or of at risk of experiencing, loneliness.
|The British Red Cross and Co-operative Society|
Evaluation of Time to Shine
|‘Time to Shine’ is a six year, cross-partnership project, commissioned by Leeds Older People’s Forum and funded through the Big Lottery
Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better Programme. The project involves
commissioning a range of third sector organisations to work
toward reducing the social isolation and loneliness of people over 50 who reside in Leeds, with a ‘co-production’ approach built into the
programme. The evaluation study involves a mixed method approach of
analysis of monitoring and survey data and focus groups and
individual interviews with project beneficiaries, volunteers, and staff.
The evaluation results are being used on an ongoing basis to inform the delivery of the Time To Shine programme.
|Leeds Older People's Forum, through the Big Lottery Ageing Better programme.||
The team have also
Reducing Loneliness through the built environment.
|Business Boost award from Faculty - working with International property developers Lendlease.|
A Review of the impact of loneliness and social isolation on health and well-being and whether people who experience loneliness/social isolation have higher use of public services.
|This project was commissioned by the Welsh Government in conjunction with a Welsh research company (OB3). UoS led on this work. It
involved scoping the literature on loneliness and social isolation,
focusing on increased or decreased uptake of services. It also
interviewed 10 main organisations involved with minority groups in Wales. A meta analysis was carried out on some of the data from the
scoping review and a small association was found between loneliness and increased uptake of services. The work suggested that loneliness
and social isolation does play a part in increased use of services, but
that loneliness and social isolation alone do not create the conditions for
increased service use. Rather it is the way society and services are structured to take into account the multiple and competing needs of a
diverse population. The work will beused to inform different strategies
by the Welsh Government such as health, public and
A Review of key mechanisms in intergenerational practices and their effectiveness at reducing loneliness and social isolation.
|This project was commissioned by the Welsh Government in conjunction with a Welsh research company (OB3). OB3 took the lead for this
project and UoS reviewed the literature on intergenerational practices
and their effectiveness at reducing loneliness and social isolation.
The literature revealed that there were many interventions but many
were short term and few were effectively evaluated. This reduced the strength of the findings.
Social Isolation and Loneliness in Care Homes.
January 2017 – December 2019
|This project, in collaboration with The University of Auckland, reviewed the evidence base on the prevalence of loneliness and social isolation
among older people living inresidential and nursing care homes.
|The University of Auckland||
Merryn Gott, Tim Heaton, Pete Laud
Social connection, isolation and loneliness among Maori, Pacific, NZ European and Asian older people.
2015 - 2019
|This project aimed to explore the impact of the New Zealand Accredited Visiting Service (AVS), a volunteer befriending service operated by
Age Concern. The study used mixed methods to explore the impact of the service on loneliness, social isolation, health and economic outcomes.
|New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) National Science Challenge Ageing Well. In partnership with Age Concern New Zealand.||https://tearairesearchgroup.
Louise Rees, Judith Davey, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Janine Wiles, Richard Edlin, Robyn Dixon, Ofa Dewes, Hong-Jae Park, Lisa Williams, Juliana Mansvelt, Tessa Morgan, Hamish Jamieson, Clare Gardiner.
People with dementia living in extra care housing: an exploration of the practicalities and possibilities.
September 2015 – August 2018
|Current understanding of housing need in later life is shaped by demographics, social policy, legislative responsibilities, and a growing,
but limited body of research and guidance on supporting individuals with dementia to maintain independence
with appropriate levels of care. Informed by a survey of extra care housing provision and adopting a grounded theory approach, this study
aimed to consider the appropriateness of extra care housing for people
with dementia based on the experiences of those living and working in two extra care schemes. This study contributes to knowledge
development in three areas; understanding of extra care housing for people with dementia;interdisciplinary approaches to models of
extra care provision; and methodology on researching living with
dementia in a supported housing environment.
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|Evaluation of the More than Words Programme.||A mixed methods evaluation of a group programme for people affected by bereavement delivered through Cruse.|
Supporting third sector organisations to use outcome measures to evidence the impact of their work.
January 2017 – December 2020
|A mixed methods project to support third sector organisations to use outcome measures. Often these interventions are related to addressing
Evaluation of ‘Staying Well’
|Qualitative evaluation of three hubs within ‘Staying Well’ in Calderdale. Also gives 2 Masters students an internship
with Calderdale Council.
|Evaluation of Chapeltown Choice||Chapeltown Choice is a one year project piloting a new neighbourhood care planning pathway within the Chapeltown area of Leeds. It has been commissioned by Leeds City Council Adult Social Care and is
supported by the Departmentof Communities and Local Government's
'Delivering Differently' funding stream.. The team are evaluating the impact of redesigning services on service users and their carers, with a specific focus on health, wellbeing and community engagement.
|Funded by Leeds City Council||Andrea Wigfield and Sarah Alden|
|DMBC – Service review for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council assistive technology services
November 2013 - January 2014
|This study was an evaluation of the current provision of Assistive Technology Services in Doncaster.||Doncaster Borough Council||Andrea Wigfield, Emma-Reetta Koivunen, Kate Hamblin and Royce Turner|
|Needs of carers in North Lincolnshire: A Scoping Exercise
|This project was a scoping exercise to assess the needs of carers in North Lincolnshire on behalf of NHS North
Lincolnshire and to inform the development of local carers’ centres and to direct policy.
|NHS North Lincolnshire||Royce Turner, Katy Wright, and Andrea Wigfield|
|Workforce Development for Assisted Living Technology||This project was a scoping exercise to assess the needs of carers in North Lincolnshire on behalf of NHS North
Lincolnshire and to inform the development of local carers’ centres and to direct policy
|Evaluation of Supporting Carers in General Practice
|This project was an evaluation of the Department of Health-funded programme ‘Supporting Carers in General Practice’, which comprised three projects led by the Royal College of GPs, Carers UK, and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers (PRTC)/Crossroads Care.||Department for Work and Pensions||Andrea Wigfield and Katy Wright|
|NIHR Improving employment opportunities for carers||This study collected, assessed and synthesised evidence of what works in supporting carer employment, with the aim of producing guidance
suitable for use in social care England-wide.
|NIHR School for Social Care Research||Andrea Wigfield and Gary Fry|
|Carers Can Continue to Care||Working with Sheffield Carers Centre, we are exploring options for community volunteers to support carers or cared for people avoid hospital admissions. This project has just started and we will be
carrying out a gaps analysis and review of evaluated, relevant
interventions, which will then be discussed through a series of workshops with carers, those cared for and volunteers. We will then assist the carers centre to test the most promising model identified.
|Primary Care Sheffield||Andrea Wigfield and Sarah Alden|
|Evaluating the impact of Sheffield Young Carers activity||A comprehensive impact evaluation of Sheffield Young Carers' work to complement a whole service review which is currently being undertaken by independent researcher.||Sheffield Young Carers||Andrea Wigfield and Sarah Alden|
|The Integrated Care Programme Pilot||The fundamental aims of the Integrated Care Programme (ICP) are to promote the appropriate use of community resources and statutory
services, facilitate improvement in the physical and mental health of its service users, promote service user's independence, and to carry
these out in a person centred and financially sustainable manner.
|Age UK/University of Sheffield||Age UK ICP report||John Ratcliffe|