Britain is the loneliness capital of Europe.

Over 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – say they are always or often lonely.[1]

An incredible 80% of under-18s report feeling lonely, along with 83% of 18-34-year-olds. So whilst it is commonly known that loneliness affects older people, perhaps surprisingly, in our media-connected world, it is also affecting children, adolescents and younger adults.[2] 

Loneliness and social isolation are wide-spread, serious, and often misunderstood, issues.

Why is this so serious?

Loneliness and social isolation are severely detrimental to our health and increase our chances of developing longer-term health conditions such as depression, dementia and heart disease.[3]

They increase the risk factor of early death by a staggering 45%: that’s significantly higher than the odds due to excessive alcohol consumption (30%) or obesity (20%) which are widely recognised as areas of concern.[4]

What are we doing about it?

We’re hosting Team Carr Gomm 2020 to increase our impact across Scotland.

Team Carr Gomm is all about connection; bringing people together to get active, be social, and raise some money along the way. We’re looking to raise £60,000 via a team of at least 100 people, all doing something extraordinary, taking on a challenge, and breaking down barriers.

But since this is about social connectedness, we hope that by taking part in the campaign, every individual will build new or strengthen existing relationships.

Where will the money go?

Directly towards our community projects and activities which are connecting people and tackling loneliness and isolation in communities across Scotland: people like Mamosa:

“The Circle of Friends group are always there for each other and I feel supported by them, which has had a big knock-on effect. My confidence has grown and I now feel more motivated to clean my house by myself, which I wasn’t before. My Community Psychiatric Nurse was amazed to see how much my house has improved and they are looking into reviewing my medication as a result of the positive changes that have come over me.”

Will you join us on our mission to stomp out loneliness across Scotland?

Find out more and get involved today

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[1] British Red Cross and Co-Op, 2016

[2] Krigel, 2017; Eden Project Communities, 2015

[3] Valtorta et al, 2016; James et al, 2011; Cacioppo et al, 2006

[4] Cacioppo, 2013 “The Lethality of Loneliness