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A helping hand for people who feel alone - British Red Cross

At the British Red Cross we're here to support thousands of adults of all ages who feel they have nowhere to turn.

Contacts details

Address:18 Catherine Street
Telephone number: 01752 831617

During an initial period of up to three months, we aim to help each person to feel better connected and able to enjoy the benefits of being more involved in their local area.

Experience and expertise brought together

Our volunteers and staff are skilled and dedicated. They can draw on decades of British Red Cross experience in helping people to live independently and confidently in their communities.

Support tailored to your wishes

Everything we offer is built around enabling people to realise the things they want to achieve.

Together we'll develop a specially tailored plan of activities focused on helping you towards the brighter and better-connected future you want.

For each person, our support looks a little bit different.

We could help you to:

Rediscover your interests

At an introductory chat with one of our local team members, together we'll explore your interests and what you want to achieve. We'll then identify ways you can start to do the things you want to do - or maybe something similar, but new.

Rebuild your independence

Over the next couple of months, we'll, regularly meet up to chat about how you're feeling and give you the support you need to be able to achieve your goals. And together we'll take part in some of the local activities we've found out about and reflect on your experiences of being involved.

Find new friends

By joining you in local activities that match your interests, we'll introduce you to people who like doing the same things. Drawing on the confidence and sense of independence you've built, you'll have the chance to build new friendships that last.

Enjoy staying involved

As you become more connected to your community, our support will become less intensive. But we'll still be here when you need us.

Throughout our support, and as long as you wish us to, we will monitor our effectiveness and make sure we are helping you achieve the things you want.

It's given me the confidence to be me again, and to know that for all the horrible problems that I've got I can still be the person I was before.

You are not alone

Over nine million people across the UK regularly feel alone. People all ages from all walks of life.

  • Dealing with bereavement?
  • Affected by ill-health?
  • Recently retired?
  • Divorced or separated?
  • Difficulties or getting around?
  • Become a new parent?
  • Children just left home?

There are many reasons why you might start to feel isolated or alone. It could be an occasional feeling or something taking over your entire life. Without support, the impact can be devastating.

But two-thirds of people say they would be uncomfortable talking to friends or family about feeling lonely. As many as 75% of people affected don't know where to turn. Whether you're facing a crisis or just want to chat with someone nearby our local team can help.

Based: Plymouth

Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

  • 26 to 64 years old
  • 65+

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