accessibility & help

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. 

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 are introducing new services in almost 40 areas of the country. 

And we need 500 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.

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.

England

London

Scotland

Wales

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.

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 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’.

Additional information

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

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

Related

Cymraeg

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.

Feeling alone?

A man sits alone looking at a book or photo album

We're helping people experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

Find out more >