accessibility & help

Volunteer to help

Could you help people who feel lonely or isolated reconnect with their community?

On the surface, it can be hard to tell who is feeling lonely or isolated. But throughout communities in the UK, we know lots of people are – from new mums to those with health issues or mobility limitations.  

This hidden issue is problematic because it affects people’s health and wellbeing and places additional pressure on our hard-pressed public services.

We are looking for 500 volunteers to help us extend our support to even more people facing these key issues. Through our partnership with the Co-op, from spring 2017 we are introducing new services in almost 40 areas of the country.

We are recruiting now for volunteers to make a valuable contribution helping others towards a brighter and better-connected future. You will be part of a national team and our experienced and dedicated staff will train and support you to deliver these life-changing services.

The roles

Community connectors

As a community connector volunteer, you’ll be working directly with people affected by loneliness and social isolation, helping them to reconnect with their community. You’ll offer positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for up to three months, depending on a person’s needs. Together you’ll identify and attend activities and services in the local area, helping build each person’s confidence so they are able to continue taking part long after our support is needed.





Northern Ireland

Isle of Man

Support at home

Our support at home volunteers will work closely with people at particular risk of chronic loneliness. You’ll enable each person to live as independently as they can at home, building trusting relationships and helping them to regain their confidence and well-being. Working closely with health and social care colleagues, you’ll make a real difference to people in crisis and help reduce pressure on hospitals and other hard-pressed services.

Alternatively you can click here and search ‘lonely in the key words box to find a volunteer role near you.*

If you have any queries regarding the process, please call Supporter Care on 0300 456 1155. 

*If you are a Co-op member applying to volunteer with us, when asked ‘Where did you hear of this role’ during the application process, please select ‘Other’ and type ‘Co-op’.

No service near you? There are still lots of ways for you to get involved with the Red Cross.


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