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Spotlight on men: 3 May - 4 June

Jo Cox LonelinessDuring this month long campaign - Royal Voluntary Service on behalf of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness is aiming to raise awareness of loneliness in men - whether young or old – and to encourage people to raise awareness of the issue and become part of the solution by starting a conversation.

  • Millions of men across the UK are hiding feelings of loneliness, as more than one in 10 men say they are lonely, but would not admit it to anyone.
  • Over 8 million men feel lonely at least once a week.
  • The most common reasons for felling lonely include the death of a family member, moving away from friends and family, going through a break up and being unemployed.
  • Many men are reluctant to accept they even need support to address loneliness.

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You can help…

Start a conversation

1. Our call to action is to start a conversation, and to talk about the issue of loneliness. Catch up with old friends, have a chat to a neighbour or include someone you know in an activity or hobby.

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2. Spread the word on social media and let us know how you’ll be tackling loneliness with #happytochat - share our film to help raise awareness

3. If you have time to spare then why not volunteer with us or come along to any of our activities, it’s a great way to make new friends and keep active.


In your area

Find your local Royal Voluntary Service and see how we can help.

Working together

Royal Voluntary Service is part of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, helping to tackle loneliness in communities across the UK.

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Find out how we can help

If you know a family member, friend or neighbour who is lonely or isolated, find out how your local Royal Voluntary Service can help.

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