Help people who feel alone

Just a few hours a week from you could make the future brighter for someone experiencing loneliness or social isolation.

Volunteer supports a lonely man at home

What our volunteers do

Loneliness and social isolation affect people across the UK of all ages and backgrounds.

Being or feeling alone can have a devastating impact on people’s health and wellbeing, as well as on communities, hospitals and other public services.

Through just a few hours a week, you could provide a huge help for someone experiencing loneliness or social isolation.

How to get involved

We provide volunteer support to tackle loneliness in the following areas:

England

Blackpool | Blyth | Camborne | Corby | Durham | Great Yarmouth | London | Luton | Middlesbrough | Newcastle | Oldham | Plymouth | Poole | Reading | Redruth | Rotherham | Southampton | Stockport | York

Scotland

Shetland

Wales

Carmarthenshire | Conwy | Newport | Torfaen

Northern Ireland

Belfast

Isle of Man


If you live in an area listed above, register your interest in becoming a Connecting Communities volunteer.

Our team in your local area will contact you within a few days to provide further details and discuss how you can get involved.

If your area isn't listed, you can search for other types of volunteer opportunities to support people in your community.

It’s a great project and I know I can support people who feel cut off from their community. It’s a lovely feeling knowing that you’re doing something positive for someone and helping them get their identity and self-confidence back. I love volunteering with the Red Cross. It’s the best thing I have ever done.
Andrea, Connecting Communities volunteer

What we can offer you

Volunteering in your area will give you the chance to:

  • meet new people 
  • learn new skills
  • offer practical help to members of your own community. 
I didn’t become a volunteer for any fantastic reason. I just knew that I would have empathy and understanding for people who are feeling lonely. I thought it would be nice to sit down with someone and just have a chat; to help someone along a bit and think about how they can start moving forward.
John, Connecting Communities volunteer

What you can expect

We’ll give you all the training and support you need to do your role.

You will help people in your local area, which could involve having a chat over a cup of tea, going for a stroll or accompanying them to a community group.

You will join a national team of hundreds of volunteers who generously give their time to our Connecting Communities service.

When I saw the volunteering opportunity I knew I wanted to help. Sharing experiences helps you realise that you’re not alone and life isn’t all that bad.
Alana, Connecting Communities volunteer