Network #5: Combating loneliness

Loneliness is an increasing health risk in several groups of society and is connected to various health problems. Meanwhile, NGOs are key to better social inclusion and a strong civil society is essential for the welfare states across the Nordic countries.

Members will get access to a unique Nordic network with other NGOs engaged in combatting loneliness and the opportunity to exchange knowledge, experience, and tools with a solution-oriented approach. 

It is relevant for NGO representatives in the health and social services area and related areas. Your title is unimportant, but you should be responsible for the NGO’s learning and development in some way, either as a decision-maker or an adviser. 

All members are expected to participate actively in all three workshops and be ready to share their knowledge and experience (good or bad) openly and inclusively. 

Network meeting #1: TBA
Date: 15.02.24 at 13:00-15:00 CET

Network meeting #2: TBA
Date: 18.04.24 at 13:00-15:00 CET

Network meeting #3: TBA
Date 29.08.24 at 13:00-15:00 CET

Loneliness is often the result of a lack of ability and possibility to meet social needs and expectations, which in turn can lead to severe health issues such as higher stress levels, challenged mental health, and risks of heart disease, dementia, and suicide. According to the Norwegian public health report, Folkehelsemeldingen, loneliness as an issue is increasing among single persons under 35, unemployed persons, and seniors. The increase is also connected to financial problems and some adverse health outcomes, as well as to the stigma attached to loneliness itself.  

The voluntary sector is crucial in both combatting and preventing loneliness as an issue. Sharing knowledge and strategies within the Nordic area will be beneficial to promoting less lonely and more socially included people and overall better Nordic public health in times to come. All meetings are online, and the spoken languages is English.  

Read about all five networks