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. This section provides a range of information and guides to support the involvement of young people in your work.
Participation Works has developed a training pack for those workers who want to provide appropriate development opportunities to improve the ability of the children and young people they work with to participate in decision making.
As well as providing useful information to help develop responses to youth loneliness and isolation, this NPC qualitative evaluation of the Co-op Foundation and government-funded Building Connections projects considers the involvement of young people in terms of the co-design of projects.