Our research shows loneliness costs UK employers £2.5 billion a year – the first time a figure has been placed on the economic cost of loneliness to employers.

On average we have 136 friends on Facebook, but 40% of us see none of them on a weekly basis. Just 6% meet up with one social media friend a week, while just over one in ten (11%) touch base with two. With these statistics being true of our friends on social media, it’s no wonder that […]

It all started with a phone call. At the beginning of 2016 we were contacted by the late Jo Cox MP who wanted to reach out to us about loneliness and the work that she was planning. Jo had heard about our campaign with the British Red Cross to tackle loneliness. She explained with her […]

Community is the vital lifeblood of the UK. Having neighbours that you can turn to, whether that’s to take in a parcel, borrow some milk or just for a chat, is so important. We all want to feel part of a community and know that someone is there to help a hand. As we begin […]

Today we launch our joint report with British Red Cross, into tackling loneliness and social isolation across the UK. British Red Cross are our Charity Partner and throughout 2015 and 2016 we’ve been fundraising to support the partnership. But today, we turn our attention to how we can work together to tackle loneliness. What do […]

From community coffee mornings and table top sales to the more energetic abseiling and running marathons; colleagues across the Co-op have been challenging themselves over the past year to raise money as part of our Charity Partnership with the British Red Cross. I recently met one of our Food colleagues who has set themselves a mountainous challenge. […]

In a mission to raise money for the British Red Cross, Jonathan Foreman and Nigel Sam embarked on the #TourDeCoop. They jumped on their bikes and cycled 560 miles throughout south Scotland and the north of England over five days. Jonathan and Nigel, colleagues at our distribution centre in County Durham, are passionate about road safety […]

Welcome back to the Consumer Services Executive team who look after our Funeralcare, Legal Services and Insurance businesses. They’ve just finished a two-day road trip around Cumbria raising awareness and funds for British Red Cross to help tackle loneliness in our communities. Day one On Wednesday they had an 8am start making brews in return for donations […]

As part of our charity partnership with the British Red Cross, colleagues within our stores are always finding fun ways to raise money within their local communities. Recently twenty-one of our stores in North Devon and Somerset held a Super Hero Day. The colleagues at all twenty-one stores dressed up as their favourite super hero for […]

Co-op colleagues and teams from our Co-op Food suppliers gathered at the Moss Rose Stadium in Macclesfield to relive the It’s a Knockout challenge and raise money to help tackle social isolation in communities via our Charity Partnership with British Red Cross. More than 120 competitors re-lived the experience, made famous on TV in the 1970’s and 80’s, by tackling […]