The British Red Cross are proud to have partnered with the Co-op to tackle loneliness and social isolation in communities across the UK. In under two years, their colleagues, members and customers have raised over £5.5million - smashing our target by more than £2m. By the time that fundraising ends, we expect to have raised in excess of £6 million. Using this money we have developed Connecting Communities.
This new project will be working with 6 target groups:
- young parents
- recently bereaved
- recently separated or divorced
- retiree’s/empty nesters
- individuals with mobility issues
- individuals with health issues.
We will however accept referrals for individuals who fall outside of these groups who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.
Each service aims to help people experiencing or at risk of loneliness or social isolation to gain confidence and reconnect to their community. Introducing them to local groups, networks and other partner organisations is a key part of this, alongside offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support.
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