"Jo always looked forwards, not back: she would have said that what matters most now are the actions, big and small, that people take in response to the commission's work. That's a responsibility for all of us."
Seema Kennedy MP and Rachel Reeves MP
Jo Cox wanted to turbo-charge the public understanding of loneliness in the UK. In her name, we continue to champion the issue, encouraging people to talk more openly about their experiences of loneliness and in doing so, reducing the stigma associated with it. We have launched a loneliness Chatbot to help people experiencing loneliness and direct them to the best support possible.
If you are feeling lonely, send "Hi" on Whatsapp to 07902 922 908
Below you can find our Loneliness directory:
Support for Older People
Support for Specific Groups
Carers UK - Provides support for and connects carers so that they are part of a helpful community
|Refugee Action -provides help and support to refugees and asylum seekers who are joining new communities|
|Action for Children - Aiding vulnerable children through services and programs, including how to help children feel that they belong|
|Gingerbread - Programs for single parents|
|WaveLength- Gives technology to people who are lonely and living in poverty to help them reconnect with the world|
There’s good evidence that volunteering helps both the person who volunteers as well as the people or cause they support. Most of the large organisations working to tackle loneliness offer volunteering opportunities including the Royal Voluntary Service, Age UK and Carers UK.
|Coram Beanstalk - Volunteers support children to improve their reading skills through one-to-one sessions|
|Do It - A cohesive website listing local volunteering opportunities|
|NCVO - A database of local volunteer centres|
|Volunteering Wales - a network of support organisations that offer volunteering opportunities.|
|The Great Get Together is a nationwide community event which takes place every June to celebrate, in Jo’s words, that we have more in common than that which divides us.|
Connecting with new people
|British Red Cross - Provides local loneliness help through their 'connecting communities' group|
|Friendili- A free social networking app for parents and families with health needs and chronic conditions. You can find friends with similar interests and health conditions, and get emotional support from people who've been there before.|
The Coop - They have engaged in campaigns to address loneliness, tackle modern slavery and build safer communities.
|Meetup - This website and app enables you to find and join local groups that share your interests.|
Getting Emotional Support
|Mind - Providing support for people with mental illness, through groups, counselling and online resources.|
Samaritans - Provides support for people in distress or despair. Their most recent campaign is targeting men, who often feel unable to express their feelings.