1 Million Minutes is Good Morning Britain’s award-winning campaign to encourage all of us to give as little as 30 minutes of our time to help someone who is lonely.
It could be your neighbour, your friend or someone in your community. It could even be someone you have never met.
Loneliness is a silent epidemic with more of us than ever experiencing it, or knowing people who do.
The campaign's called 1 Million Minutes, because there's estimated to be more than a million older people in the UK, who are socially isolated - for example, not speaking to a friend or family member in a week. Add to that the millions of other people like carers, those who have been bereaved and single people living alone, and there’s an awful lot of lonely people out there.
Joan with volunteers Craig.. Amy .. Angela
Our aim is to get as many minutes as possible pledged for the campaign so we can help as many people as possible.
So what do I need to do?
It’s really easy. All you need to do is click the pledge button below telling us how many minutes of your time you want to pledge. Then scroll down below to find the volunteer opportunities available.
We are also offering people the chance to volunteer for local events and local charities dealing with loneliness through the Neighbourly website.
You can also just tell us about personal pledges you have made - whether it’s visiting a neighbour, or phoning someone you know who would appreciate the call this Christmas - by emailing us or share your pledge online on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #1MiIlionMinutes.
So what are you waiting for? Please pledge now. It only takes a minute to make someone's day.
Joan with volunteers Tom & Daniela
Here's how you can use those minutes...
30 minutes only
Say hello to a neighbour you don’t normally talk to and invite them over for a chat or a cup of tea. Don't forget to tell us about your pledge #1MillionMinutes
Visit a carer in your community who may be feeling socially isolated and show them how they can access support from Carers UK
Accompany an older neighbour to a local event. Christmas provides lots of opportunities to take them to a festive market, church service or Christmas party. Tell us about your contributions #1MillionMinutes
Volunteer at a local project - there are lots that work with people suffering loneliness - everything from using sporting memories to taking chickens into care homes! Find out more at Neighbourly.
Call or visit an older friend or relative over the Christmas period. Tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #1MiIlionMinutes.