Summary of report contentThis report was written by Healthwatch Blackburn and Darwen following feedback gathered over time on loneliness and isolation. Questionnaires and face to face discussions were used. The report was published October, 2017. It is based on survey responses and discussions with local people. A total of 250 people were engaged with, 130 completed the questionnaire. Overall sentiment was mixed, the experiences and challenges of isolation and loneliness were explored in detail. A set of recommendations has been made. No response from providers is attached, though this project does not engage with a single provider of services.
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Exploring loneliness and social isolation in Blackburn with Darwen
Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen
Date of publication
Monday, 2 October, 2017
Date evidence capture began
Monday, 3 October, 2016
Date evidence capture finished
Friday, 31 March, 2017
Type of report
Lifestyle and wellbeing
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Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
Primary research method used
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Number of people who shared their views
250 (130 filled in the questionnaire)
Other population characteristics
People who are geographically isolated
People with limited family or social networks
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Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views?
Does the information include staff's views?
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What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views?
Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report?
Does the information contain a response from a provider?
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Is there evidence of impact external to the report?