We are excited about launching our new pilot project, focusing on younger adults and loneliness. The project is funded by The Big Lottery’s Awards for All and we are very pleased to welcome our newly appointed Project Worker Lu Cozma who is leading the project.
The Loneliness and Young People project is aimed at adults aged 18 to 30 who for whatever reason are lonely and in need of fresh opportunities to enjoy activities with others and support in meeting new people, building friendships and improving social confidence. A fortnightly Tuesday afternoon group and a fortnightly Tuesday Evening Social opportunity will be offered. Our CEO Sheila Furlong, who devised the project, tells us a bit about the issues which have inspired the project:
“What image springs to mind when we hear the word Loneliness? Maybe it is of an elderly lady sitting alone in her lounge with only the TV for company. The Campaign To End Loneliness support this view in their studies showing that 5 million people report that the TV is their main form of company. It is right that we do all we can to address the issue of loneliness experienced by elderly but what about younger adults?
“In 2010 The Mental Health Foundation found loneliness to be a greater concern among young people than the elderly. The 18 to 34-year-olds surveyed were more likely to feel lonely often, to worry about feeling alone and to feel depressed because of loneliness than the over-55s. Since 1982 Archway has been providing services to address the issue of loneliness across all age groups and has identified a need for a service specifically designed for younger adults.”
The precise details of any programme of events will be developed in conjunction with the young adults who want to be a part of the project and details will be updated here on our website. For further information please email Lu contact or call us on 01865 790552.