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The British Red Cross recently published research that found that over nine million people in the UK say they’re often or always lonely; loneliness affects people of all ages; life changes, such as becoming a parent, retirement, health changes, loss of mobility, divorce or bereavement are key triggers for loneliness.
The British Red Cross and Co-op have been working in a Charity Partnership since 2015 to tackle loneliness and social isolation in the UK. To address these challenges the British Red Cross and Co-op launched almost 40 new Community Connector services across the UK to reconnect people who are experiencing loneliness back to their communities.
A learning programme brought together more than 50 loneliness-combating programmes found that reaching the most isolated people and the stigma surrounding loneliness were also prime issues facing services.