A lack of meaningful social connections could be contributing to people’s feelings of loneliness and isolation in the sector. The study of more than 4,000 adults found that:
· 42% said they often feel alone, like they have no one to turn to.
· 40% of those who do have people they feel close to or can rely on said those people lived far away from them.
· 17% said they don’t have friends they feel close to or can talk to.
· 33% of transport and logistics workers said they don’t have any colleagues they feel close to or can talk to about it.
The study also found that of those in the transport and logistics sector who felt lonely:
· 73% said their loneliness was having a negative impact on their life, and 55% were worried that their loneliness would get worse.
· 72% said they often felt completely alone when surrounded by people.
· 34% said they had no strategies for coping with their loneliness.
“Loneliness and social isolation doesn’t discriminate,” Zoë Abrams, Executive Director of Communications & Advocacy at British Red Cross, said. “Life circumstances can change in the blink of an eye, meaning it can happen to anyone, no matter your age or background.
“We all need someone to turn to in a crisis, but the findings of our research suggest that there are many people in our communities feeling they lack meaningful, human connections. This will be concerning for all of us to hear, no matter where we live in the UK, or with whom. Every one of us would want someone to reach out to us if we found ourselves all alone. People who need our help may be closer than we think, and could feel much more connected if we offer them our kindness.
“The British Red Cross is there every day, helping people connect with their communities. A donation this winter could help ensure we continue this vital work supporting those most vulnerable.”