Halstead Connected was the second part of an Essex-based project to tackle social isolation and loneliness.

As shown by the Campaign to End Loneliness, we know that in the UK social isolation and loneliness are comparable risk factors for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and that they pose bigger health risks than obesity.

In Halstead (and our work in Uttlesford prior), the aim of the project was to learn more about the social networks and connections that exist locally so that local stakeholders can work together to best support the people and projects that are contributing to community wellbeing and reducing social isolation and loneliness.

This project was delivered by The Young Foundation in collaboration with Braintree District Council, Community360, Greenfields Community Housing, Essex County Council and Essex Partners. The main body of the project took place over a 5 month period between January and June 2018, with community-led action ongoing.

It involved using a range of qualitative research methods with residents and community stakeholders, including; informal conversations, semi-structured interviews and discussion groups.

As a result, local community-led initiatives are working to tackle isolation and loneliness, in a way which is reflective of the needs of their community. These include an activity project aimed at discussing and celebrating participants’ lives, a tea-on-the green neighbours event series and more.

To find out more about this project contact us.

Below images:
1) research illustration depicting our findings. Credit Temujen Gunawardena.
2) photo compilation from the project.