How can we make our cities less lonely?
London is ranked as one of the loneliest cities in the world. Britain has over 9 million lonely people, and the problem is growing. Loneliness is bad for our communities, bad for our health and wellbeing and bad for business. It can even be as harmful to our health as smoking.
It’s clear more needs to be done to tackle this growing issue. But what?
Of course, we can all be better neighbours, citizens and friends, and smile at strangers in the street. But that alone is not enough.
The Loneliness Lab has been created to bring together business, government and civil society to explore how we can reshape and reimagine our cities to design out loneliness and isolation. To reimagine the places in which we live and work, in ways that help us to make connections more easily, to get to know our neighbours, and to feel part of a community. Most importantly of all, to reimagine the city so that the most vulnerable and isolated are included.
Shaping the Agenda
The Lab started by bringing together businesses, policy makers, experts, and NGOs together with people experiencing loneliness for a one day kick-off event in London.
Throughout the day we explored what’s making all of us lonely and identified opportunities to reimagine the places and spaces in our cities with loneliness and isolation in mind.
A huge thank you to everyone in the room who helped shaped the agenda.
If you’d like to take a look at the briefing pack that all participants received on the day, you can download it below.
We are currently running the design Sprint - where teams are rapidly building and testing out the ideas that emerged at the “Kick-Off”.
The ideas shared by participants will be given a chance to bloom in the real world, working with real communities in London to test whether they really address people's needs.’
Check back here soon for more information about the ideas that are being developed.
Investment & Pilot
Once we've built prototypes of the ideas we’ll bring everyone back together on the 22nd October to decide which ideas to invest in.
The ideas with the most potential will get funding and investment to take forward over a year long pilot, in real communities in London, led by representatives from our partner organisations.
Get Involved with the Lab
Whether you've got an idea to help tackle loneliness, or you want to take part in building solutions, we need your help.
Have an idea of how we can tackle loneliness? Working to make London less lonely through the way we design places and spaces? Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
We're also grateful for the support of the organisations who have helped shape the Lab: