Volunteer Coordinator

I am sitting here on a Wednesday morning; working on the end of year report for the Belong project at Carefree Cornwall. We work with young people (11 – 25 years) who are in and leaving care. Amazing things have happened since January 2018, when I started my role as Volunteer Co-ordinator. Carefree have shown … More Volunteer Coordinator

£2 million to tackle youth loneliness

Today the Prime Minister announced the launch of a new fund to connect individuals and communities, and tackle loneliness – the Building Connections Fund. We’re delighted that £2 million of this fund will be delivered by the Co-op Foundation, through a match-funding partnership with Government, and specifically dedicated to tackling youth loneliness. This builds on … More £2 million to tackle youth loneliness

Research Fellow

What can you tell us that we didn’t know before? How will this help change things? So what? These blunt questions come to haunt the end of a research project. As we approach the end of the Loneliness Connects Us youth co-research we are planning a final legacy activity. Throughout the research we’ve explored loneliness … More Research Fellow

Strategic Director

Posted by Amelia Lee, The Proud Trust From discussions at the Belong Network, there is not consensus about whether we should be using the word loneliness directly with young people, or not. Can we reclaim to word or does it have too much stigma for young people to use to describe themselves? I would be … More Strategic Director

An asset-based approach

Posted by Leanne, Become charity We’ve just finished blowing out the birthday candles to celebrate the first anniversary of Become’s ground-breaking coaching programme for young people leaving care. As is true with many pilot projects, the year has had its ups and downs. We’ve had many successes, but we’ve also taken away our fair share … More An asset-based approach

Can you help us shape new digital guidance for the charity sector?

We’ve recently been learning a lot about technology and the part it might play in youth loneliness. As MMU and 42nd Street highlighted in their ‘Loneliness Connects Us’ research, young people face significant pressures and risks in relation to social media use; yet most of those they spoke to were also positive about the possibilities … More Can you help us shape new digital guidance for the charity sector?

‘Random Selfies’ – exploring youth loneliness through theatre

Posted by Owen Calvert-Lyons, Ovalhouse Ovalhouse has just opened its new play, Random Selfies, which explores child loneliness. The play tells the story of Loretta, a lonely ten-year-old. Loretta feels completely alone since (spoiler alert) her older sister left home.  During the research phase of this project, we found this to be a common experience, … More ‘Random Selfies’ – exploring youth loneliness through theatre