Robust community services are crucial for upholding people’s connectivity and overall health and wellbeing.
Inclusivity is key to ensuring that local services, particularly those with the capacity to reduce loneliness, don’t marginalise the very people who need them the most. The aligned willpower of public and private service providers is needed to help citizens nurture their personal relationships, and that there’s scope for both direct and peripheral interventions to effect meaningful change.
We urge government authorities, urban designers, planners, public bodies and more to:
- Include local voices in siting decisions
- Expand and improve public transportation
- Identify and address vulnerable groups
- Pursue strategic alliance to improve local services
- Encourage loneliness-related policymaking
- Understand social returns on loneliness programmes
Read more about these recommendations here.