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Social wellbeing

Loneliness is a growing social issue which can have a significant impact on physical and mental health. In the City of London, it may be more of a problem due to our older population and the large number of people who live alone.

Tackling social isolation

The City of London Corporation has a strategy and associated action plan 195KB​ to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

This was developed in partnership with the Social Wellbeing Panel - a group of experts on social isolation that included new parents, Black and Minority Ethnic older people, dispersed communities and people with health issues. 

These groups were chosen after analysing feedback from a public consultation and carrying out research within our communities. They shared insights and ideas on how to reduce loneliness and examples of activity that has been successful elsewhere.

Despite these groups having different circumstances, shared themes emerged from each evidence session. These themes are the building blocks of our work to reduce loneliness.

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City Connections

City Connections is a free service for anyone working, living, studying or volunteering in the Square Mile.

It is a first port of call to gain information about free services that would best suit your needs and how to access them.

Through an initial assessment, City Connections' expert wellbeing coordinators will connect you to the right services across a range of issues, including, but not limited to:

  • ​Finding support groups, e.g. for memory loss
  • Finding out about opportunities to make social connections in the area
  • Accessing learning and volunteering opportunities
  • Services and activities for supporting wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle

This service also incorporates the City Carers' Service, which is specifically for unpaid or young carers, who are working or resident in the City of London. It provides:

  • Help to navigate services
  • Expert information and advice on carers' right
  • Support to help carers find ways to manage their caring role and to find a balance between caring and the rest of life
  • A chance to meet and share experiences with each other at monthly support groups and to hear from local professionals

...and much more.

Visit the City Connections website, call 020 3957 9844, or email the service here​ and the team will be in touch with you within two working days.