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The festive season can be a lonely time for many people

Let’s change that and make this one the season of belonging

The festive season can be a wonderful time of joy and celebration, but for many people it can be a difficult time. When you’re facing hardship, illness or disability, loneliness can very quickly creep in and take a toll on your health. But everyone deserves to feel like they belong.

You can help make this the season of belonging by making a donation or taking action. Because, we can all face the hardest of situations with some simple human kindness. Here are some ideas:

Five ways to make this a season of belonging

Get connected where you live

Take the time to meet those who live nearby. In an emergency, your neighbours can reach you more quickly than emergency services. Your community will also be able to provide the practical and emotional support you’ll need before and after an emergency.

Carla, a Red Cross volunteer in our mates program

Volunteer

Lots of community groups need volunteers to help people stay connected – whether that’s making a phone call or a visit, or driving someone to a social appointment. Check out our volunteer roles or find an organisation in your community.

Red Cross volunteers giving the thumbs up

Say hello to someone new

Seen a new family at school or in your street? Got a new colleague at work? Reach out to say hello, make them feel welcome and suggest a way to catch up again soon. Everyone can really benefit from new friendships.

Red Cross volunteers sharing fruit

Look out for people who might be lonely

It might be someone elderly and living alone, it could be a young person going through a tough time. It might be someone at work who seems a little off their game. Making the effort to check they are ok can make a world of difference.

Four friends enjoying a conversation

Be kind on social media

Around 30% of people who are lonely turn to social media for help. If someone in your timeline sounds like they need a listening ear or a virtual hug, go ahead and give it to them.

Make this the season of belonging

Loneliness and isolation can have a profound impact on health and wellbeing, but you can...

Help people feel safe and connected

Maher on the phone

Remind people they matter and someone cares

Jenna and her son in a playground

Give families the support they need to recover from tragedy

Donate now

If you are suffering with loneliness and feeling isolated, get in touch with Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.