Loneliness Directory

"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


Message the Chatbot


Below you can find our Loneliness directory:

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 


Re-engage -  Social connections for older people, including tea parties, call companions and activity groups.


Independent Age - Advice on matters of care and support, money and benefits, and health and mobility, including to tackle loneliness.


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Royal Voluntary Service - Supports older people in need, both within their communities and within hospitals 


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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

Image result for carers uk logo Carers UK - Provides support for and connects carers so that they are part of a helpful community 
Image result for refugee action logo Refugee Action -provides help and support to refugees and asylum seekers who are joining new communities 
Image result for action for children logo Action for Children - Aiding vulnerable children through services and programs, including how to help children feel that they belong
Related image Gingerbread - Programs for single parents 
WaveLength- Gives technology to people who are lonely and living in poverty to help them reconnect with the world


Volunteering Opportunities

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 
Image result for do it volunteering logo Do It - A cohesive website listing local volunteering opportunities 
Related image NCVO - A database of local volunteer centres 
Volunteering Walesa 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.

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The Coop -  They have engaged in campaigns to address loneliness, tackle modern slavery and build safer communities.

Image result for meetup ad logo 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. 

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Samaritans - Provides support for people in distress or despair. Their most recent campaign is targeting men, who often feel unable to express their feelings.