According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, approximately 25 million people in the UK feel lonely occasionally, sometimes, or often.
You, or someone you know, may experience loneliness or social isolation at some point in their lives. There are many things that can cause people to feel lonely or become socially isolated, such as:
- Big changes in your life, such as retirement, changing jobs, or moving to a new town or country
- Being a single parent or becoming new parents
- Experiencing discrimination in your community due to your race, age, sexual orientation or ethnicity
- The death of a family member or friend
- Domestic abuse
- Being an unpaid carer or young carer
- Being affected by a substance use disorder
- Living alone
- A mental health problem
- A long-term health condition or disability
- Working from home
If you are experiencing loneliness or social isolation, you may feel:
- Tired all the time
- Like you have no one to talk to
- Disconnected from the world
- Left out
If you are feeling lonely, here are some tips to try:
- Talk to other people such as your family, friends, or neighbours
- Volunteer at local community organisations
- Take part in activities in your community or join a group
- Talk to your GP practice about services offered through Social Prescribing or the Wellbeing Team at the City of Doncaster Council
- Attend peer support groups
- Contact the Community Connectors in your area
It can be difficult to admit that you are lonely, but we want you to know that you are not alone, and we are here to support you.
The organisations in our network have services that can support you. Click here to find an organisation that can support you with your needs.
If you cannot find what you are looking for or you would like further support, fill out the contact form and someone will be in touch.