Projects

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.
Age UK

Age UK’s Fit for the Future
Project Evaluation report

Age UK’s Cascade Training
Programme Evaluation report

Age UK’s Dementia Friendly
Programme Evaluation report

Age UK’s Fit for the Future
Project ‘Social Prescribing’
extension project

Andrea Wigfield with Erika Kispeter and Sarah Alden

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
of Social Indices to Measure the Prevalence of Social Isolation in Neighbourhoods:
A Qualitative Sense Check of an Index in a Northern English City".

View report here

Andrea Wigfield with Sarah Alden

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

Andrea Wigfield with Sarah Alden

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

Andrea Wigfield with Sarah Alden

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,
including: young new mums (aged 18-24); individuals with mobility limitations; individuals with health issues; individuals who are
recently divorced or separated; individuals living without children
at home and retirees; and the recently bereaved. The evaluation is capturing learning about what works and why through a mixed
method approach, including a two phase survey, social return
on investment analysis, one to one interviews, focus groups and
case studies using participatory mapping methods.

The British Red Cross Embargoed Barriers to belonging

Annette Haywood

with Ellie Haywood
Alexis Foster, Jill Thompson, Steven Arriss, Ellie Holding and Robert Akapiro

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

Andrea Wigfield, Dave Clayton, Katey Twyford.

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.

Evaluation of Time to
Shine: Year 2 Interim
Findings

Time to Shine Evaluation
Interim Report Summary:
The Beneficiary Experience

The team have also
produced a range of case studies for the project,
please visit, https://timetoshineleeds.
org/projects/local-evaluation

Andrea Wigfield with Sarah Alden and Carlene Martin

Reducing Loneliness through the built environment.

Business Boost award from Faculty - working with International property developers Lendlease.

Andrea Wigfield with Karim Hadjri, David Robinson, Malcolm Tait, and Katey Twyford

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
social services.
Welsh Government

Janine Owens, with Fuschia Sirois and Andrea Wigfield

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.
Welsh Government

Janine Owens and Andrea Wigfield

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

Clare Gardiner

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.
org/projects/

Merryn Gott

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.
Independently funded.

Twyford K (2016),
Individuals with dementia living in extra care housing: an initial exploration of the
practicalities and

possibilities: Housing LIN Report, Housing LIN

View report here

Twyford, Katey. (2018). People
with Dementia Living in
Extra Care Housing An Exploration of the
Practicalities and
Possibilities.

E-thesis link: http://etheses.whiterose.
ac.uk/21390/

Twyford, K (2018)
Moving in and out of
extra care housing:
Housing LIN Viewpoints 91-93
, Housing LIN
A series of three linked viewpoints by Dr Katey Twyford
based on a Doctoral Research Study. The viewpoints concern
extra care housing for people with dementia
and look at how
provision can be improved.

View report here

Katey Twyford

Evaluation of the More than Words Programme. A mixed methods evaluation of a group programme for people affected by bereavement delivered through Cruse.

Annette Haywood

Andrew Lee, Alexis Foster, Robert Akapiro

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
loneliness.
NIHR Alexis Foster

Evaluation of ‘Staying Well’

March-June 2019

Qualitative evaluation of three hubs within ‘Staying Well’ in Calderdale. Also gives 2 Masters students an internship
with Calderdale Council.
Calderdale Council

Janine Owens,
Andrea Wigfield.

Fatmata Jalloh
Asyiqin Sallehuddin

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
May 2013
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

Support Needs of Carers

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
September 2012
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

Supporting Carers in general practice

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