Policy paper

Emerging Together: The Tackling Loneliness Network Action Plan

The Tackling Loneliness Network is a cross-sector group of organisations. This report outlines actions its members and government are taking to tackle loneliness.



Emerging Together: The Tackling Loneliness Network Action Plan is the culmination of a year’s work by the Tackling Loneliness Network.

The Tackling Loneliness Network was formed as part of the government’s plan to tackle loneliness during coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing together over 70 organisations from across sectors. We know that no one sector has all the answers, but by working together we can have a greater impact and reach more people. We asked members to share their expertise, learn from one another and develop actions that government and network members could work together to deliver over the next year.

The Network formed four task and finish groups around the four key focus areas identified by Network members:

  1. Tackling loneliness in young people

  2. Tackling loneliness in older people

  3. Local and place-based approaches to tackling loneliness

  4. Digital inclusion

The groups shared evidence and best practice and developed actions to take forward. These actions, which cut across the four groups, come under two themes:

  1. Supporting organisations to tackle loneliness

  2. Supporting individuals to tackle loneliness

This report has been produced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, but is jointly owned by government and Network members. We will be working together to implement the actions it sets out over the coming year.

You can read about the wider work government is doing to tackle loneliness on the Government’s work on tackling loneliness page

Published 8 May 2021