What is Standing Together and who is it helping?

The Mental Health Foundation’s Standing Together Project aims to improve the emotional health and community connections of older people living in supported housing, as well as to reduce loneliness and isolation.

From late summer 2015, project staff have been facilitating weekly self-help groups for periods of six months, in retirement and extra care housing settings. The groups are for tenants who are experiencing memory loss, mental health issues, learning disabilities, and experience significant loneliness. The research team at the Foundation is evaluating the project. Funded by the Big Lottery for three years, it’s planned to facilitate up to 25 groups in four cohorts; building on our self-help and dementia pilot project.

This project is a partnership between the Mental Health Foundation and Housing & Care 21, a UK housing organisation providing social housing and support to people in later life, including people with dementia. They also now have a new partner in Notting Hill Housing.

Find out more information here

Lonely? You are not alone

Good Company is organising a support group for people to share their experiences of overcoming loneliness.

It will be a place to be listened to and get support from like-minded people.

Their first event in Fulham is from 4 – 5.30pm on Sunday 26th March at the Community Centre, 70 Rosaline Road, SW6 7QT.

All are welcome to this free event and tea and cake will be provided.

To find out more please call 0800 689 4643 or visit


The West London Collaborative, a social enterprise that works with the community, is having a street party and lunch to promote the £1 community change challenge.

Join them at the Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, W11 2AY on 22 September between 1pm and 4pm, make a donation of £1 and brainstorm ideas on how best to ease loneliness for local people.

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