Older people and those who work non-standard hours are less likely to feel integrated into society

Research by funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council has concluded that over one million older people experience poor social relations and social exclusion. Shift workers also spend less time in social activities than people who work normal hours.

"These results suggest that local government and charities need to recognise that social participation is important to improve people's quality of life. "Local governments can encourage public leisure complexes and public transport services to operate wider hours or 24/7. Charities could be more aware of these groups when arranging social clubs targeting shift workers and elderly people",