Roles of Pubs in Tackling Loneliness in older people
Home Instead – Greenwich & Bexley organised and facilitated a focus group for Loughborough University to study “The Role of Pubs in Tackling Loneliness” that seeks to generate new knowledge an insight into how pubs and bars can play a role in tackling loneliness and social loneliness. The research will explore how such venues creates a space in which people can engage in social interaction and in so doing experience feelings of sociability and belonging that are crucial factors in the wellbeing of both individuals and communities. The study will consider barriers to social engagement and will seek to identify best practice examples showing effective initiatives and activities currently undertaken by licensed venues and associated groups.
The study was inspired and prompted by Home Instead – Greenwich & Bexley’s initiatives in tackling isolation among older people. For the last two years in row, working with Heineken beer, Skills & Care Greenwich and local pubs, we have been able to take groups of isolated older people to local pubs for a Christmas meal. With loneliness affecting over nine million people in the UK, we believe that pubs have an important role to play in alleviating the problem by providing a welcoming place where people can connect with their neighbours and wider communities.
The research was conducted by Dr Thomas Turnell-Read, Lecturer in Cultural Sociology of Social Science at Loughborough University and among the participants were, Home Instead CAREGiver, Gurkha veterans, clients and older service user. The date generated will be analysed and findings will be summarised in a project report to be presented to the Campaign to End Loneliness in September 20019.