Today two of our colleagues – Adele Jones from Funeralcare in Swansea, who runs a social group for bereaved people, and Barry Clavin (Ethics Sustainability and Campaigns Lead), are going to a Downing Street reception hosted by the Prime Minister, to celebrate the newly created position of Minister for Loneliness.
We recommended that a specific person in Government was needed to tackle loneliness, in our recent Call to Action report that we co-produced as members of the Jo Cox Commission. The report was released in December and as a result, Tracey Crouch MP is now the Minister responsible for tackling loneliness.
Thanks to the money our colleagues and members have raised, our British Red Cross Community Connectors are supporting thousands of people across the UK who are lonely. The strategy announced today means that millions more people will now be helped.
Find out more in this blog post by our Policy and Campaigns Director Paul Gerrard.