"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
Support for Older People
Age UK - Providing help and support in older age, including weekly friendship calls and an advice hotline
|Alzheimer's Society- Support and advice for those living with or helping those with Alzheimers or Dementia|
|Contact the Elderly - They provide a friendship service where over 75's can be hosted for afternoon tea on one Sunday afternoon a month|
|Independent Age - Advice on matters of care and support, money and benefits, and health and mobility, including to tackle loneliness.|
|Royal Voluntary Service - Supports older people in need, both within their communities and within hospitals|
|The Silver Line - provides support, information and friendship services for older people aged over 55 who may feel lonely.|
The Campaign to End Loneliness - offers useful guidance to people experiencing loneliness and run campaigns to increase understanding of loneliness
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 of children with additional needs, including health conditions and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). You can find friends near you, create meet-ups, and get emotional support from families travelling similar health and parenting journeys.|
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.