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Can your group host a discussion on social isolation?

1 September 2017

Connect Hackney is recruiting local organisations to host "community conversations" on the topic of social isolation and loneliness, with a focus on people aged 50-plus.

Your organisation would need to be able to host a discussion with at least 15 participants, or a series of one-to-one interviews. The idea is to capture local people's views on what makes it easier or more difficult to keep up a social life as people grow older.

We would like to reach different sections of our diverse community in Hackney, so we are particularly keen to hear from groups working with men, carers, LGBT+ people, the Turkish and Kurdish communities and people from other black and minority ethnic communities.

We are also keen to hear from organisations working in Hackney Wick, King’s Park ward (covering Millfields, Clapton Park and Kingsmead) and Haggerston, as our research shows the population of these areas is at high risk of social isolation.

Bursaries of up to £500 are available for voluntary sector groups that would like to host a community conversation.

For full details, please download the Community Conversations information document and application form.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 7 September. 

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Judy on 020 7923 1962 or email

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