Tackling Youth Loneliness

The Tackling Youth Loneliness website has been designed to bring together a set of dedicated resources alongside useful research and information to support organisations and professionals to develop their understanding of youth loneliness and isolation, as well as exploring ways to help young people begin to tackle it.

These resources are free to download and will hopefully aid you in your efforts to reduce loneliness and isolation for young people. 

There is no one way of tackling this challenging issue, so if you have developed your own resources, or have tips and advice that you would like to share with others, please contact us at mail@youthfocusne.org.uk to discuss adding them to the website.

  • Understanding Loneliness
  • Developing Responses
  • Involving Young People
  • Evaluating

Youth loneliness is widespread, but not widely understood. The understanding section is designed to support organisations and professionals in improving their understanding of youth loneliness and isolation.

The information in this section includes a range of statistics, definitions and a number of research reports, which provide context about youth loneliness and isolation, and can be a starting point for developing responses.

With support from funders, such as the Co-op Foundation, many organisations are taking steps to address youth loneliness and isolation.  The 'Developing Responses' section provides suggested activities, and examples of approaches collected from a range of partners working on this issue. The more examples and ideas we have of ways to tackle youth loneliness and isolation the better, so please share your work by contacting us at mail@youthfocusne.org.uk

Young people with experience or feelings of loneliness and isolation must shape the work we do. It is obviously important that responses are not developed based on the views of just one or two young people, but young people with a lived experience bring an insight into this issue that the majority of workers may not have – regardless of how long we have been working on this subject or even if we have had our own struggles with loneliness and isolation. Involving young people in our work to tackle loneliness and isolation also gives them a degree of control, which is helpful in terms of their confidence in taking steps to improve their own wellbeing.

It is important that we understand the impact our work with young people has. This helps us to review and improve our work, as well as providing evidence-based outcomes of the difference we make to commissioners of services, government and funders. The 'Evaluating' section provides information on tools that specifically measure impact in terms of loneliness, as well as resources and links to networks that are useful for any work with young people.

Sense Check Tool

We have developed a tool to support organisations and professionals to assess their current knowledge of youth loneliness, and to help develop their responses to this issue.
 

We recommend completing this short sense check tool before accessing the resources as this process may help guide your use of this website. The sense check tool will also signpost you to a range of information and resources about youth loneliness and isolation.

To access the youth loneliness sense check tool, click here.

The National Youth Partnership consists of: