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 before the coronavirus pandemic, one in five people in the UK often or always feel lonely.

This figure is now bound to rise. Over the past few months many more people have started to feel lonely – we know that stress, change and isolation, can all trigger loneliness.

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

During the Covid-19 outbreak, our coronavirus support line offers help to people feeling lonely because of social isolation. Our online resources for adults and young people will help you gain practical skills to cope with loneliness. 

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.

What is the Loneliness Action Group, 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 and hundreds of 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:

About the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness

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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. 

To find out more, visit the APPG page.

If you have specific queries regarding the APPG, please email

What research has the Red Cross done about loneliness?

We have been researching loneliness, UK loneliness statistics 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.