A consortium including local mental health charities, NHS trusts, Newcastle and Gateshead councils, and Newcastle University are exploring new ways to measure social connectedness within the city-region.

In particular, the consortium is interested in developing and testing new methods that are not simply based on aggregate quantitative data, but on more direct engagement within local communities.

Academic Lead Toby Lowe


  • Academia: Newcastle University; Northumbria University; Manchester University
  • Government: Newcastle City Council; Gateshead Council
  • Public and voluntary sectors: VOLSAG; Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust; Concern Group; Newcastle Council for Voluntary Services; Disability North; Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums; Get Mindfuel; Ways to Wellness; Mental Health Concern; Quality of Life Partnership; Launchpad