Matt Goss helps launch this year's 1 Million Minutes Campaign
Matt Goss sings the Elvis Presley classic ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’ to support our #1MillionMinutes campaign.
Pledging your time can be as little as committing 60 minutes only to 2 hours a week, or 3 hours a month. Scroll down and sign up to the opportunity you want with the charity you want to volunteer with.
1 Million Minutes is our winter campaign to help raise awareness of loneliness in the UK through volunteering. So give the gift of time this Christmas. Pledge as little as 60 minutes of your time to help someone who is lonely with our 1 Million Minutes campaign.
This year our campaign is focusing on volunteering your time to help someone who is lonely through loss. Whether it's bereavement, separation, dementia, ill health or disability, we just want to help end loneliness with your help.
GMB have teamed up with six charities who all work with people who are lonely. Alzheimer's society, Grief Encounter, The Not Forgotten, The Silver Line, Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) and the Princes Trust.
All you need to do is hit our pledge button below and tell us how much time you have to commit, then scroll down and sign up to the charity you want to volunteer with.
30 minutes a week
Pledge to make a weekly 30 minute friendship call to an older person through The Silver Line. Pledge here.
Pledge to have a regular chat with young person about their well being through The Prince's Trust. Pledge here.
60 minutes a week
Pledge to become a Keeping in touch volunteer. Make a weekly call to an older person from your home or from The Silver Line's London or Blackpool offices. Pledge here.
Pledge to become a trained Grieftalk Operator for the new Grief Encounter helpline offering support to bereaved children and their families.
Volunteer to help the Grief Encounter choir using music as therapy to support children who have been bereaved. Pledge here.
180 minutes a week
Pledge to become a Helpline Hub volunteer working at either The Silver Line's London or Blackpool office. Pledge here.
60 mins a month
Volunteer at a monthly Grief Encounter workshop using art or drama to support bereaved children. Pledge here.
180 mins per month
Pledge to host a tea party for a group of older lonely people and volunteers through Re-engage.
Pledge to become a volunteer driver for Re-engage collecting and accompanying older people to a social gathering once a month. Pledge here.
Pledge your time to Side by Side, a fun, friendly and flexible way to help people with dementia through Alzheimers Society.
Pledge your time to become a Dementia Friends Champion to encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia through Alzheimers Society. Pledge here.
60 minutes ONE off
Pledge time to find an injured or disabled member of the Armed Forces community who may have become isolated. Let The Not Forgotten know about them and get them involved. Pledge here.
Pledge to become a Dementia Friend with Alzheimer’s society, learn more about dementia so you can take action and help people with dementia and their families. Pledge here.
Pledge your time to help boost your own and others’ wellbeing . Why not try a craft or upcycle project. Spending time together can help boost positive feelings. Pledge here.
Volunteer for a Remembrance Family Fun Day.
Annual events like Mothers Day and Fathers Day can be very difficult for a child who has experienced the death of a parent. Grief Encounter host Family Fun Days on key events to help young people connect with each other to make new memories so that they can move forward in their grief journey with others, not alone. Pledge here.
Take time out to speak to anyone you know in your local community who is lonely.