Exacerbated by the current global pandemic, loneliness affects all ages and so many of us. It increases risks to our mental and physical health, and can have significant economic and political implications, it is perhaps one of the biggest health concerns we will face. Join our speakers for a passionate discussion about loneliness in the 21st Century and what we can do to help restore connection in our lives.
Described as ‘one of the world’s most inspiring women’ by Vogue and ‘one of the world’s leading thinkers’ by the Observer, Noreen is a renowned thought leader, academic and broadcaster. Her books, The Silent Takeover, I.O.U. and Eyes Wide Open, are published in more than twenty countries. The Lonely Century, Noreena’s latest book, explores how we built a lonely world and how we can come together again.
Kate is Executive Director at the Campaign to End Loneliness. With twenty years of experience as a senior communications professional, she has led public awareness and behaviour change campaigns across the public and charity sectors. Kate is particularly passionate about the need for user-centred design to drive innovation.
Josie is a Co-designer for the Lonely Not Alone campaign. Josie says she things she has felt lonely ever since starting school. She was bullied for her health conditions, resulting in her distancing herself from other people. Josie moved around the country and Europe, so was never able to make proper friend and build relationships with others. She hopes that through the campaign she can help people be more open about loneliness and encourage everyone to talk more freely.
Claire is an original Co-designer for the Lonely Not Alone campaign, involved with the inaugural campaign in 2019 and again this year. Claire grew up as an only child and felt different at school as she’s a different race to lots of the other children. After having experienced loneliness herself, she knew it was important to find ways to deal with it, not only for herself but for friends who told her they’d had the same experience.
Tracey is the Head of UK Delivery at Eden Project Communities, where she leads the project management and delivery of a large geographically dispersed team working with communities and enabling powerfully ordinary people to create positive change where they live. Previously Tracey led Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s programme ‘Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness’, a place-based action research programme working with local people to explore what causes and reduces loneliness. She was part of the cross political party Commission for Loneliness.