Working hard to tackle loneliness

our research has been revealed but we already do so much

As most of you probably know by now, last year our members voted to partner with the British Red Cross to take on the very important challenge of tackling loneliness in communities across the UK.

We’re delighted to reveal that through lots of hard work and effort from our colleagues, we’ve so far raised an incredible £4m.

While the funds have been raised, we've also been researching – looking at causes and potential solutions to loneliness, to ensure the money raised is spent in the best possible way.

On Thursday 8th December at a dedicated event in London, both the research and our wider plans were revealed and we’re thrilled to share these with you.

Take a look here at what our research told us and how we’re aiming to make big changes to those people’s lives who are affected.

The main messages our results have revealed are:

  • 18% of people are always or often lonely and of these 73% have experienced one of the life events researched
  • Only 20% of people said they were never lonely
  • 75% of people who are always or often lonely don’t know where to turn for support
  • Loneliness can have serious consequences for individuals but also for communities as those experiencing loneliness may withdraw
  • 92% of people think community has a role to play in supporting people experiencing loneliness
  • People prefer face-to-face support, for some this could be more intense one-on-one services and for others this may be less formal support – for example lunch clubs and community groups

That’s not to say that we don’t already play a big part in changing lonely lives already.

Every day, our Funeralcare colleagues help clients who are at the start of facing life alone.

Some of our colleagues do more than just arrange a funeral… they stay in touch, talk, visit, hold a coffee morning or organise afternoon tea, keep their door open and tell their clients to ‘come and see me anytime’. They make friends and they tackle loneliness (they may not realise it, but that’s what some of them do).

Our team in Plymstock (featured in our film below), are just one of our funeral homes who hold a social group for the bereaved.

This group has helped to change lives at the most difficult time, and it’s extremely humbling to see how much of a positive effect our support provides to those who need it.  

Thank you to all of the Plymstock social group for taking part in this film and helping in #TacklingLoneliness.

For further information contact

Emily Penkett

PR Manager

Lauren Pogson

Senior PR Manager

Catherine Turner

Head of PR