Zoë Abrams is Executive Director of Communications at British Red Cross and Co-chair of the Loneliness Action Group
At the Red Cross, we believe that connected communities are most resilient and able to withstand crisis. In these times of political uncertainty, it is positive to see the new civil society minister prioritising building more resilient communities.
With an astonishing one in five people in the UK saying they feel often or always lonely, this is a huge issue. The negative impacts are not only felt by individuals who are lacking meaningful connections, but it also influences the wider health and wellbeing of communities.
Through our leadership of the Loneliness Action Group – a network of over 50 civil society organisations and businesses – we’ve worked in partnership with the UK government and held them to account for the commitments they’ve made to tackle this modern epidemic.
It’s in that spirit that we have today published a report on progress made against the government’s loneliness strategy.