Frequently asked questions
Who are the Campaign to End Loneliness?
The Campaign to End Loneliness is the first and only organisation in the UK dedicated to ending loneliness. We campaign nationally to inspire thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle loneliness. We work at a local level in all four nations to across the UK. We want to make the UK a place where no one feels alone. We are hosted by Independent Age and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Together, we can End Loneliness.
Why has the Campaign to End Loneliness launched the Be More Us movement?
Loneliness and isolation are on the rise. We all need friendship and support, no matter what age we are.
Over half of British adults feel it’s been a long time since they made a new friend or connection. Almost half (49%) of UK adults say that their busy lives stop them from connecting with other people. Work and chores can get in the way.
But we can all do something to tackle loneliness. Small moments of connection, like saying hello to someone in your local shop or smiling at someone on the bus, are an important way to tackle loneliness. Our research found that almost 9 in 10 (88%) people agree with us.
We have launched the Be More Us movement to celebrate small moments of connection. In every conversation, there is an opportunity to be ‘Us’ and find something that we share. Small moments count. So, don’t be a stranger. Let’s Be More Us.
What does Be More Us mean?
Be More Us means we need to find what we share – the things that makes ‘Us’. We want people to value small connections as an opportunity to celebrate what we share. We want everyone to Be More Us.
How can I take part in Be More Us?
Be More Us aims to create a movement of people and organisations encouraging small moments of connection.
We are excited about working with organisations and groups to develop joint actions, campaigns, resources. To have a chat, about how we can work together please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Be More Us for all ages?
Yes. We can only tackle loneliness if we all play our part. We all need friendship and support, no matter what age we are.
Why are there children in the Be More Us film?
The four children in our film show us how making friends and connections is child’s play. Breaking down barriers can be as simple as saying “Hello”. All of us can learn to Be More Us from these children.
What is the research that has been launched with Be More Us?
We commissioned YouGov to conduct a poll of 2035 adults to learn about loneliness and connections in the UK. Fieldwork was undertaken between 25th – 26th April 2018 and he survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+). All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.
Be More Us statistics include:
Over half of UK adults feel it’s been a long time since they made a new friend
Almost half (49%) say that their busy lives stop them from connecting with others
Almost 9 in 10 UK adults believe that small moments of connection can help to tackle loneliness
For more information
For those not able to access the internet they can contact us on 020 3865 3097 or at Campaign to End Loneliness, 3 Waterhouse Square, 138 Holborn, London, EC1N 2SW.
For media enquiries, please contact us by email or on 0203 865 3907. For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call 07720 200 878.