100 local authorities in England have been invited to apply to the Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better (social isolation) programme by 17 May with an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Many of the sections of the EOI require a summary of quite detailed knowledge from your own area. We have compiled relevant content from our website, toolkit and publications for anyone preparing a BLF EOI application.

While the Campaign to End Loneliness is actively supportive of this programme, and looks forward to seeing the work progress, the team is unable to provide advice to specific local areas. Please feel free to use and reference our materials, as a national organisation we will also not be providing formal backing to any one EOI – but we wish all areas well.

Describe the specific issues faced by older people in your area drawing on any evidence and statistics available.

Fact sheet: Statistics  from our Loneliness and Isolation: a toolkit for health and wellbeing boards

Briefing note: Evidence about the impact of loneliness and isolation on mortality and morbidity from our Loneliness and Isolation: a toolkit for health and wellbeing boards

Explain, using specific examples, the groups of older people that are most are risk of social isolation andwhere they are in your area.

Fact sheet: Risk factors for loneliness and isolation – from Loneliness and Isolation: a toolkit for health and wellbeing boards

Essex County Council case study – who used MOSAIC public health data indicators to map households most at risk of social isolation and loneliness in the county: http://campaigntoendloneliness.org/toolkit/casestudy/essex-isolation-index/

Blog on isolation in rural areas: http://campaigntoendloneliness.org/toolkit/loneliness-rural-areas/

Blog on connections between loneliness and dementia: http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/loneliness-and-dementia/

Blog on women and loneliness: http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/loneliness-older-women/

Blog on cancer sufferers and loneliness: http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/cancer-and-loneliness/

How would your local authority support a partnership led by a voluntary and community sector organisation?

Combating loneliness: a guide for local authorities has case studies of voluntary and statutory sector partnerships http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/want-to-help/improve-local-policy

Loneliness and Isolation: a toolkit for health and wellbeing boards  – Step 3 ‘Strengthen Partnerships’ -http://campaigntoendloneliness.org/toolkit/how/step-3/

Sefton Partnership for Older Citizens (SPOC) case study: http://campaigntoendloneliness.org/toolkit/casestudy/spocn/

Springboard Cheshire case study: http://campaigntoendloneliness.org/toolkit/casestudy/springboard-cheshire/

Other content that might be of interest and provide context to national work on loneliness and isolation:

Post on new ASCOF and PHOF loneliness measures: http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/measuring-policy-practice/

5 Editions of our Research Bulletin: http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/campaign-news/

An introduction to Loneliness Harms Health: http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/loneliness-harms-health/