Action on loneliness

You can join us to help put a stop to loneliness

The British Red Cross, through our partnership with the Co-op, has set up a Loneliness Action Group

A volunteer smiles with a man in his home.

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

What the group does and who can join

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 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.

How to join

To find out more and register your interest in getting involved, contact LonelinessAction@redcross.org.uk.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Loneliness

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

Building on the work of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, the group aims to continue to influence legislation and policy-making to reduce loneliness across the UK.

The group is chaired by Rachel Reeves MP and made up of cross-party MPs and peers. 

Vice-Chairs include Neil O’Brien MP, Alison Thewliss MP, Jo Swinson MP, Jim Shannon MP and Baroness Greengross. 

Officers include Caroline Spelman MP, Luciana Berger MP, Alan Mak MP, Patricia Gibson MP, Lord Foulkes of Cumnock and Baroness Altmann.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact LonelinessAction@redcross.org.uk 

Epidemic levels of loneliness

Read our Trapped in a Bubble research (PDF), which revealed epidemic levels of loneliness and social isolation in the UK, with over 9 million people (almost one-fifth of the population) reporting they are always or often lonely.