In 2015 our partner the Co-op asked its members to tell them the big issues facing their communities.

Overwhelmingly, they voted to tackle loneliness with the support of the British Red Cross.

Since then, Co-op colleagues across the country have raised £4 million which will fund new British Red Cross services tackling loneliness in 39 locations across the UK

These services will help up to 12,500 people reconnect with their local communities by providing up to 12 weeks’ support to:

  • build confidence
  • address practical or psychological barriers
  • help people find activities and groups in their local community

The services have been developed as a result of the partnership’s research report published on 8th December.
It brings together insights from 100 pieces of existing research, 45 experts, 100 people who have experienced loneliness, and over 2,500 members of the public.

The research showed that the main risk factor for loneliness was around life changes – like when people retire, become parents, or experience a bereavement. You can read the whole report and a summary of the findings at

As well as funding the British Red Cross services, Co-op will also respond directly to the challenge of loneliness – such as through its partnership with Neighbourhood Watch – where it will help refresh and expand the existing network of schemes to help strengthen communities and bring neighbours together.

How you can help
You can:
• donate
• volunteer to help people experiencing loneliness
• call or pass on this British Red Cross number if you would like some support: 0344 871 11 11 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm, standard call charges apply)