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Slime, mountains and miles: how far would you go to tackle loneliness?

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Tackling loneliness is no mean feat. It’s a complicated and personal issue which can also carry an unfair degree of stigma. So where to start?

It’s been a year since the British Red Cross first announced we would be working in partnership with Co-op to help tackle loneliness and social isolation. By October, we were ready to get our partnership fully underway.

We started by looking at what we knew about loneliness, what we didn’t, and what we needed to. We involved other experts in this process along with people who have experienced loneliness.

Meanwhile Co-op rounded up its staff, members and customers to unleash what would become an incredible stream of fundraising activity.

And it turns out Co-op’s people are prepared to go pretty far to help tackle these issues.

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Let Twm, the Red Cross therapy dog, brighten your day

Twm the therapy dog from the British Red CrossAll animal lovers know that pets make us feel happier. Whether it’s cuddling a cat or petting a pooch, time with your favourite furry-friend is good for you. It has been scientifically proven to reduce blood pressure and generally leave you feeling more relaxed.

That’s why we’ve recruited Twm, an adorable eight-year-old Kelpie Collie. More

Doing it for mum: Red Cross trainer teaches 6,100 people first aid

Red Cross trainer Tracey Waddoups demonstrating an AED on a resusci dummy

Big life events can trigger us to re-evaluate what is important in life. Tracey Waddoups from Derbyshire decided it was time for a change after losing her mum Jean to a heart attack at just 61 years old

“After losing my mum, I decided that I wanted to do something that I am very passionate about,” Tracey explained.

And it turned out that was first aid. Tracey had always enjoyed learning first aid – but mainly as just a hobby.

Now she was ready to make a career out of it, quitting her comfortable job at an IT engineering company for life as a British Red Cross first aid trainer instead.

But she wasn’t just switching careers. Tracey also set herself a monumental challenge in memory of her late mum – to train 6,100 people in first aid.

And just last week she hit her target.

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Refugee football match brings Hope from Plymouth to Arsenal

Freedom-from-Torture vs Hope FC

Finally the day of the big match had arrived.

Not a crucial decider at Euro 2016 – but Plymouth Hope FC vs a football therapy group from charity Freedom from Torture.

The matches kicked off Refugee Week, the international week which celebrates the positive contribution that refugees make to society.

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A knit and natter: “I’m enjoying making new memories”

Tydfil sat with Janet who was the Red Cross volunteer who helped her to regain her independence

Tydfil Wood was more used to caring for others than being the one cared for. As a former district nurse in Rhondda, Wales, she had looked after many people in her community over the years – even earning herself the nickname Sister Wood.

But after the death of her husband, life became a lot lonelier for the retiree. Tydfil found herself spending a lot more time alone at home.

“I would receive visits from the family but getting out independently was a problem,” Tydfil said.

She could no longer drive because of her arthritis and eventually lost her confidence to go out altogether.

Her daughter Gaynor was concerned. But when she came across a British Red Cross project called Positive Steps, she thought it might be just what her mum needed.

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“Smiling is the best way to say welcome”: watch a new film by refugees

Question: What do Rachel Weisz, Omid Djalili and Rita Ora have in common?

Answer: They are all refugees.

Their families have all had to flee their homelands and make a new life in a new place.

This Refugee Week, a host of budding refugee-directors are following in their footsteps down the red carpet. They have been working with the arts organisation Cardboard Cameras to create this fantastic stop motion animation.

Check it out and enjoy!

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