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Voluntary organisations are at the heart of local communities. It’s up to us to help build social connections

More than half of UK adults feel it’s been a long time since they made a new friend, research has found. Almost half (49%) say their busy lives stop them from connecting with others and eight in 10 believe the UK is divided.

It’s no surprise. Frequent reports of how lonely and divided we are, across all pages and nations, has dominated the news for months. As the head of the first nationwide organisation in the UK dedicated to creating social change on loneliness, I am greatly encouraged by the coverage.

But what now? The emotive issues of loneliness and isolation are something we all seem to understand and are moved by. It’s why our film The Loneliness Project has had more than 75 million views across the world. So how does the voluntary sector lead the way in engaging the public to take action on loneliness?


The Guardian


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