Loneliness UK, formerly known as Old and Proud, was born from a simple smile exchanged between Michael Helps and an elderly lady while at the Royal Blackburn Hospital with his mum Shelia Helps in 2014. That moment sparked a movement that has since evolved into a nationwide campaign to combat loneliness.
Michael's journey began with a Twitter page called Old and Proud, aimed at reaching out to those who felt alone. Despite initial challenges, Michael's determination led to growing support, media coverage, and the transformation of Old and Proud into Loneliness UK.
With the goal of reaching people of all ages affected by the cost-of-living crisis, the pandemic, or other isolating circumstances, Loneliness UK is now a beacon of hope and connection for many.
Through writing and connection, Loneliness UK offers hope to those who feel isolated. Your words can be a beacon of comfort and companionship to someone in need.
Our campaign is built on compassion and understanding. By acknowledging the feelings of loneliness, we create a community where everyone can feel seen and heard.
Loneliness UK fosters connections across ages and backgrounds. Whether through letters or online communication, we bridge gaps and bring people together.
Your support, whether through writing, volunteering, or donation, fuels our mission. Join us in making a tangible difference in the lives of millions suffering from loneliness.
If you or someone you know is feeling lonely, we invite you to write to Loneliness UK. Your words can make a difference, and we are here to listen.
Please address your letters to: Loneliness UK, Business first ltd, Empire way, Burnley, BB12 6HH
Simply fill out the enquiry form below, and share your thoughts, feelings, or experiences with us. Whether you're in the UK or worldwide, we want to hear about your day.