Action on loneliness

You can join us to help put a stop to loneliness

The British Red Cross, works with the government, other organisations and the public to help tackle loneliness. 

Anyone can feel lonely

Our research shows that one in five people in the UK often or always feel lonely, even before the coronavirus pandemic. 

We are committed to helping people affected by loneliness through our services, Red Cross advice on loneliness, and policy and advocacy  work.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, our coronavirus support line offers help to people feeling lonely because of social isolation.

We also offer ideas on what what people can do about loneliness, and tips if you are feeling lonely during the pandemic.  

The Red Cross also works with other charities, businesses and the government to help ensure we continue to prioritise loneliness policy and practice.

About the Loneliness Action Group

The Loneliness Action Group, led by the British Red Cross and Co-op partnership, was tasked by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness partners to secure a lasting legacy for the Commission’s work.

The group’s core members include our fellow partners from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and other leading expert organisations. It is co-chaired by senior representatives from British Red Cross and Co-op.

The Loneliness Action Group has a particular focus on making sure the Commission’s call to action to tackle loneliness is heard.

To do this, it brings together government, charities, businesses and public sector leaders working nationally on loneliness. Together we develop solutions and secure meaningful commitments from decision makers across the UK.

To join or find out more, email LonelinessAction@redcross.org.uk.

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness

The Loneliness Action Group, led by the British Red Cross and Co-op partnership, was tasked by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness partners to secure a lasting legacy for the Commission’s work.

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The British Red Cross and Co-op provide the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness.

Building on the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, the group seeks to influence legislation and policy making to reduce loneliness across the UK. It is chaired by Neil O'Brien OBE MP and made up of cross-party MPs and peers. 

The APPG has now launched an independent inquiry into lonelinessThe first phase included a survey on the impact of loneliness and we received over 200 replies from a range of organisations and affected people. 

The data collected with be used to hold government to account and renew commitments to tackling loneliness. Events and submissions to Parliament will continue until the end of 2020. 

To find out more, please email  rasteenboni@redcross.org.uk.

Red Cross research into loneliness - what it is and who can join

We have been researching loneliness and related issues in the UK since 2016. Our published reports provide unique insight into the current situation, with recommendations on how to improve it.