There is no doubt that 2021 has been a tough year for most Australians and with the arrival of Omicron things continue to look uncertain.
Our latest festive season survey has found that for many this time of year is particularly stressful and lonely.
Australian Red Cross’ annual loneliness data shows significantly more women and younger people are feeling lonelier this festive season. People reported the pandemic has changed their relationships with others and the way they see the world.
Our team of volunteers will be making calls throughout the festive period to those who are vulnerable and isolated, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers for their work this year.
I would also encourage people to check in on your neighbours and friends to see how they are going or pick up the phone to someone you have lost touch with.
Let them know that people do care and put a smile on their faces. A simple, yet thoughtful gesture could really make their holiday.
To support our everyday work, including to build community connection, please do donate to our festive campaign.
Director Australian Red Cross, NSW & ACT