Barriers to belonging

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Co-op Foundation and British Red Cross, 2018

This research puts a particular focus on the experiences of loneliness among people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

The British Red Cross and Co-op Foundation commissioned this research from the Centre for Loneliness Studies at the University of Sheffield and the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank. A lot of research has been done into the scale of loneliness, its broad causes and its consequences, but there has been little exploration of how loneliness impacts people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. 

The research aims to understand these experiences and ensure that everyone who is lonely gets the support they need. The British Red Cross and Co-op Foundation hope these findings drive conversations, create meaningful change that improves support for people vulnerable to loneliness, and help to forge improvements in their own services as well as those across the sector.

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