Exploring loneliness and social isolation in Blackburn with Darwen

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Summary of report content

This 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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Report title 
Exploring loneliness and social isolation in Blackburn with Darwen
Local Healthwatch 
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 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Engagement
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Support
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-5782

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
Survey
User stories
How was the information collected? 
Outreach

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
250 (130 filled in the questionnaire)
Age group 
All
Gender 
All
Ethnicity 
All
Other population characteristics 
People who are geographically isolated
People with limited family or social networks
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Yes
Does the information include staff's views? 
Yes
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.