At the British Red Cross, we are committed to delivering help to those who need it most. Over the last few months, the number of people at risk of feeling lonely or isolated has increased – in some groups at a disproportionate rate – as connections with friends and family may have shifted or changed in light of restrictions.
We have recently launched our new Tackling Loneliness Digitally program funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It particularly focusses on reaching young people, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, the digitally excluded, refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants, people at risk of loneliness due to health issues and older people. We have some exciting new online resources to help empower people who may be feeling lonely, and provide them with tools to build confidence, reach out to others and look to the future. Please share these resources with your networks. All of our resources are free and can be found at www.redcross.org.uk/loneliness-resources. Anyone wishing to be notified when we have new resources live on our website can sign up for updates.
Our new Loneliness Digital Classroom is now open for booking, where participants can explore how it might feel to be lonely or isolated and learn skills to help others who may be experiencing loneliness. There are two sessions available, one for children and young people aged 10-19 and one for adults aged 19+.
Sessions can be booked by emailing RedCrossEducation@redcross.org.uk or calling 0344 412 2734.
We also have hard copy wellbeing packs available to those who cannot access online resources, if you would like some packs to distribute you can submit your request via our online forms. Click here to order packs for adults and here for packs for children and young people.