Grief Encounter is proud to announce their continued partnership with ITV Good Morning Britain’s 1 Million Minutes campaign, now in its eight year, working to end loneliness and isolation in the UK through the power of volunteering.

Launching on Good Morning Britain (ITV) on the 1st December at 6am, and running all December long, the initiative aims to encourage viewers to pledge their time to charities that tackle the issues of loneliness. For Grief Encounter, that means ending isolation through bereavement. The most common feeling expressed by children and their families after the death of someone close is loneliness. More than 60% of young people do not speak to peers or teachers after a bereavement, instead feeling isolated and alone. Grief Encounter connect those experiencing grief, reducing the isolation, and giving hope and healing through a variety of therapeutic services, including grieftalk, their free, national helpline.

Since launching in 2016, a staggering 522 million minutes of time have been donated to charities in need of volunteers who can connect with those who feel alone.

On volunteering for Grief Encounter, Ally* said “Volunteering with Grief Encounter has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The organization’s commitment to providing compassionate support to those grieving is evident in every interaction. Being part of a team that makes a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and families navigating loss has been incredibly fulfilling. Grief Encounter truly embodies the power of community support.”

It has never been more important for us to talk about feeling lonely, especially following the acute isolation the cost-of-living crisis is currently causing millions of people throughout the country. You can get involved by visiting our 1MM page, pledging your time this festive season, and helping us end loneliness for bereaved families.

To pledge your time to volunteer, please click here