Loneliness is a deeply personal experience which has different causes and consequences for all of us. It can be a very difficult thing to talk about, so we think it’s very brave for you to do so. We’re a very small team at The Great Get Together, but we have all experienced loneliness, and know how hard it can be.
If you feel like you are struggling with this on your own, we’ve got some tips that can help with breaking through the barriers created by loneliness, which may be helpful.
More than anything, please remember that the majority of us will experience loneliness at some point in our lives, so you aren’t suffering alone.
Finding events and clubs in your local area
Your local library
- Most local libraries will have regular events that are open to all and free of charge, that you may enjoy going to. Here’s a list of all the public libraries in the UK and most of these will have a website detailing what events are happening when.
- Community Centres are also great places to meet people and connect to your local area.
The British Red Cross
- The British Red Cross has support available to adults of all ages experiencing loneliness. These are focused in 39 communities across the UK, here’s a link to find your nearest service or alternatively you can call 0300 456 11 55 (Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm, standard call charges)
Information and tips
You can also get information and advice on loneliness from a whole range of other organisations including:
Independent Age provide free information and advice for older people and their families on care and support, money and benefits and health and mobility, along with friendship services to relieve loneliness. Here’s a link to their information page on coping with loneliness.
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Here’s a link to their information page on coping with loneliness.
The Royal Voluntary Service, one of the Jo Cox Commission’s key partners, have some practical tips for overcoming loneliness on their website. Here’s the link for their five step guide to live a more healthy, happy life
Or if you’d prefer to talk to someone, there are lots of services available such as:
The Samaritans (tel no: 116 123) offering a safe place for anyone to talk at any time they like, in their own way about whatever’s getting to them. More info here
The Silver Line (tel no: 08004708090) providing information, help and friendship to older people although the service has no strict age limits. More info here.