The challenge of loneliness Almost three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely and more than half of those have never spoken to anyone about how they feel, according to a survey carried out for the Jo Cox commission on loneliness. The poll, reported in the Guardian, found that about seven in 10 (71%) respondents – average age 63 – said their close friends and family would be surprised or astonished to hear that they felt lonely. That's why we have been focusing on tackling loneliness and isolation, and improving health and wellbeing, since Christmas. Volunteers can provide a social lifeline to lonely people and volunteering is one of the most "social" activities you can undertake. Visit our page - Tackling Loneliness Together - for inspiration on how you can get involved locally.