The UK is facing a loneliness epidemic and as winter approaches and the threat of Covid-19 still looms large, it only looks set to increase. Here are some charities that are helping to change that  

1 Age UK

Age UK offers a befriending service at many local branches, aimed at those living alone without regular social contact. Before the pandemic, befrienders visited people in their homes once a week for a cup of tea and a chat or sometimes a trip to a café or the cinema. Since the pandemic this has been done via phone and there’s also a Call, Chat, Care service, which simply rings elderly people to check that they are okay and listen to any concerns they have.  
charitable.travel/age-uk/

2 The Wolfpack Project

“We’re increasingly being lost to a world of noise cancelling headphones, iPhones and social media,” says the founder of this Nottingham-based charity, Damien Reynolds. The Wolfpack Project points out that loneliness isn’t just a problem for the elderly – those aged 16-24 are three times more likely to feel lonely than those over 65. The charity’s Buddy Scheme helps socially isolated people by pairing them up with others who have similar interests to build meaningful relationships. 
charitable.travel/the-wolfpack-project

3 Marmalade Trust

This charity’s mission is: “to create a society where people freely acknowledge that loneliness can exist, and will actively support those experiencing it to increase their social contact and make new friendships.” As well as launching the UK’s first Loneliness Awareness Week in 2017 it identifies lonely people through an established referral network and raises awareness of loneliness to reduce the stigma surrounding it. 
marmaladetrust.org

4 WAY - Widowed and Young

WAY is the only charity in the UK dedicated to people who are 50 or under when their partner dies. Its peer-to-peer support group is operated by a network of volunteers who have all been bereaved at a young age themselves and local groups meet up for drinks, meals, walks and picnics as well as weekends away for adults and families – offering a social life that doesn’t revolve around couples. A secure website also offers a place for members to meet and chat online to combat loneliness.  
widowedandyoung.org.uk 

5 The Red Cross

Partnering with Co-op to combat loneliness and social isolation in communities across the UK, the Red Cross launched the Connecting Communities scheme.  A friendly team is dedicated to offering support to people experiencing loneliness. Over three months, they help individuals to explore and rediscover their interests, meet new friends, build confidence and start doing the things they like doing again. When the time’s up, the team makes sure there are steps in place for each person to continue the progress they’ve made.
redcross.org.uk

1 Age UK

Age UK offers a befriending service at many local branches, aimed at those living alone without regular social contact. Before the pandemic, befrienders visited people in their homes once a week for a cup of tea and a chat or sometimes a trip to a café or the cinema. Since the pandemic this has been done via phone and there’s also a Call, Chat, Care service, which simply rings elderly people to check that they are okay and listen to any concerns they have.  
ageuk.org.uk 

2 The Wolfpack Project

“We’re increasingly being lost to a world of noise cancelling headphones, iPhones and social media,” says the founder of this Nottingham-based charity, Damien Reynolds. The Wolfpack Project points out that loneliness isn’t just a problem for the elderly – those aged 16-24 are three times more likely to feel lonely than those over 65. The charity’s Buddy Scheme helps socially isolated people by pairing them up with others who have similar interests to build meaningful relationships. 
thewolfpackproject.org.uk

3 Marmalade Trust

This charity’s mission is: “to create a society where people freely acknowledge that loneliness can exist, and will actively support those experiencing it to increase their social contact and make new friendships.” As well as launching the UK’s first Loneliness Awareness Week in 2017 it identifies lonely people through an established referral network and raises awareness of loneliness to reduce the stigma surrounding it. 
marmaladetrust.org

4 WAY - Widowed and Young

WAY is the only charity in the UK dedicated to people who are 50 or under when their partner dies. Its peer-to-peer support group is operated by a network of volunteers who have all been bereaved at a young age themselves and local groups meet up for drinks, meals, walks and picnics as well as weekends away for adults and families – offering a social life that doesn’t revolve around couples. A secure website also offers a place for members to meet and chat online to combat loneliness.  
widowedandyoung.org.uk 

5 The Red Cross

Partnering with Co-op to combat loneliness and social isolation in communities across the UK, the Red Cross launched the Connecting Communities scheme.  A friendly team is dedicated to offering support to people experiencing loneliness. Over three months, they help individuals to explore and rediscover their interests, meet new friends, build confidence and start doing the things they like doing again. When the time’s up, the team makes sure there are steps in place for each person to continue the progress they’ve made.
redcross.org.uk

1 Age UK

Age UK offers a befriending service at many local branches, aimed at those living alone without regular social contact. Before the pandemic, befrienders visited people in their homes once a week for a cup of tea and a chat or sometimes a trip to a café or the cinema. Since the pandemic this has been done via phone and there’s also a Call, Chat, Care service, which simply rings elderly people to check that they are okay and listen to any concerns they have.  
ageuk.org.uk 

2 The Wolfpack Project

“We’re increasingly being lost to a world of noise cancelling headphones, iPhones and social media,” says the founder of this Nottingham-based charity, Damien Reynolds. The Wolfpack Project points out that loneliness isn’t just a problem for the elderly – those aged 16-24 are three times more likely to feel lonely than those over 65. The charity’s Buddy Scheme helps socially isolated people by pairing them up with others who have similar interests to build meaningful relationships. 
thewolfpackproject.org.uk

3 Marmalade Trust

This charity’s mission is: “to create a society where people freely acknowledge that loneliness can exist, and will actively support those experiencing it to increase their social contact and make new friendships.” As well as launching the UK’s first Loneliness Awareness Week in 2017 it identifies lonely people through an established referral network and raises awareness of loneliness to reduce the stigma surrounding it. 
marmaladetrust.org

4 WAY - Widowed and Young

WAY is the only charity in the UK dedicated to people who are 50 or under when their partner dies. Its peer-to-peer support group is operated by a network of volunteers who have all been bereaved at a young age themselves and local groups meet up for drinks, meals, walks and picnics as well as weekends away for adults and families – offering a social life that doesn’t revolve around couples. A secure website also offers a place for members to meet and chat online to combat loneliness.  
widowedandyoung.org.uk 

5 The Red Cross

Partnering with Co-op to combat loneliness and social isolation in communities across the UK, the Red Cross launched the Connecting Communities scheme.  A friendly team is dedicated to offering support to people experiencing loneliness. Over three months, they help individuals to explore and rediscover their interests, meet new friends, build confidence and start doing the things they like doing again. When the time’s up, the team makes sure there are steps in place for each person to continue the progress they’ve made.
redcross.org.uk