A new charity has been set up in Mapperley to help combat loneliness in young people. The Wolfpack Project is a new, ambitious UK-based charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) founded by Damien Reynolds, it is dedicated to reducing loneliness & social isolation amongst younger people & adults (aged 16-50)
They work across Nottingham and the surrounding areas and have an ambitious plan to support at least 250 individuals by the beginning of 2021 through their 1-2-1 Buddy Scheme, and in forming ‘’Wolfpack’’ social groups.
The project will be working in partnership and taking referrals from a number of local charities, along with linking in with Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham & Nottingham College to reach out to students that may need their help.
Loneliness is a problem often perceived to occur mainly in older people, however statistics show that that is not the case. Research has shown that 9 million people in the UK admit to being lonely. The figures also show that 16-24 year olds are the most affected age group.
The charity will help individuals by providing 1-2-1 support through their buddy scheme and encourage individuals to join their ‘Wolfpack’ social groups where people can combat loneliness, establish new friendships and feel empowered to further widen their support network. They also supporting them to engage in activities and hobbies, pursue their interests and attend events.
Research has revealed that loneliness can also have a negative impact on a person’s health.
Damien has previous experience as a befriender which has given him an insight into the extent of loneliness that a person can suffer from. He hopes that his charity can help stop the stigma of loneliness and provide a place for people to receive help and support.
Charity founder, Damien Reynolds said ““We’re increasingly being lost to a world of noise cancelling headphones, iPhones and social media. We’re communicating more than ever (digitally), yet forming less meaningful connections and distancing ourselves more from the people around us. In fact, research shows that whilst use of social media has significantly increased over the past 5-10 years, so has feeling of loneliness.
“The Wolfpack Project will now provide access to activities that promote greater self-esteem, confidence and a sense of well-being. Such activities and social groups will enable our service users to establish new friendships and a wider support network.
You can find out more about the project by emailing [email protected]
A new website will be launching soon //thewolfpackproject.org.uk however, please follow the Wolfpack Project Facebook page *link* for updates //www.facebook.com/thewolfpackprojectuk/