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Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Grant Fund 2014-2016

Final report on the Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness programme

Macc is proud to present the final report for the evaluation of the Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness grants programme 2014-2016. 

Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Grant Programme: Evaluation Final Report

Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Grant Programme: Evaluation Summary Report


The programme was funded by NHS North, Central and South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and administered and managed by Macc. The programme was aligned with Age Friendly Manchester

Learning and the sharing of progress were integral to the grant programme. The Office for Public Management (OPM), an independent evaluator, was appointed and worked closely with the projects and the programme Board.

The grants programme was designed to encourage a range of innovative approaches from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst Manchester residents aged 50+.

One of the major issues facing Manchester is the loneliness and isolation of older people. Loneliness causes high levels of emotional distress. Without early support and intervention, social isolation and loneliness can cause older people’s health to deteriorate and need more intensive forms of support from health and social services in the long term.

It is estimated that across the UK older population, 9-13% of people report being often or always lonely or are socially isolated (Age UK 2016). 

In all 29 projects were funded between 2014-2016 at both a local neighbourhood level and city-wide. Their varied approaches included focuses on: befriending and mentoring; community networking; education; food, cooking and nutrition; arts; fitness; mental health and wellbeing; environment; education; and volunteering.

Macc would like to pay tribute to the excellent work of all of the grant holders that delivered reducing social isolation and loneliness projects. Macc wishes to thank the grant programme’s board, the three NHS Manchester CCGs, Age Friendly Manchester and all other individuals and organisations that were involved.

 The Hobby Journal
 Your personal guide to
 social activities in Manchester
 for the over 50s






Find out more about the funded projects:



Frequently asked questions


The List of successful small and large grant applicants

Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness Funding programme approved applications and project descriptions