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Volunteer to help tackle loneliness

Your spare time could help someone turn their life around. 

We're looking for people willing to spend a little time helping lonely or isolated people in their local area. 

Sign up here.

Over nine million people in the UK – more than the population of London – report they are always or often lonely. 

While on the surface it can be hard to tell who is experiencing loneliness or social isolation, we know lots of people are – from new mums to those who have recently retired.

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

How you can help

Through our partnership with the Co-op, we have introduced new services in almost 40 areas of the country. 

And we are looking for hundreds of volunteers from across the UK to come together and help others in their local area towards a brighter and better-connected future.

As a volunteer, 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.

Connecting Communities

As a Connecting Communities 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.

From having a chat over a cup of tea to joining local community groups, you could make a big difference to people experiencing loneliness or social isolation. It only takes a few hours a week.

Get involved

Start your application by filling in this short form or emailing connectvolunteers@redcross.org.uk.

Someone from your local team will get in touch very shortly to discuss how you could make a difference to people feeling lonely.

Alternatively, you can click here and search ‘lonely’ in the key words box or search our site to find out about other Red Cross volunteering opportunities near you.

Mae ceisiadau rôl a disgrifiadau swyddi hefyd ar gael yn y Gymraeg. Cysylltwch â volunteeringwales@redcross.org.uk neu ffoniwch 0300 100 1400 Opsiwn 2.

Role applications and job descriptions are also available in Welsh. Please contact volunteeringwales@redcross.org.uk or phone 0300 100 1400 Option 2.

If you have any queries regarding the process, please call Supporter Care on 0300 456 1155 or contact a Connecting Communities service near you.

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Mae ceisiadau rôl a disgrifiadau swyddi hefyd ar gael yn y Gymraeg. Cysylltwch â volunteeringwales@redcross.org.uk neu ffoniwch 0300 100 1400 Opsiwn 2.

 

Role applications and job descriptions are also available in Welsh. Please contact volunteeringwales@redcross.org.uk or phone 0300 100 1400 Option 2.

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