Spotlight on Care Leavers: Kayla’s Story

Care leavers KaylaIn 2015 we started working with Become (previously called the Who Cares? Trust) to reach young care leavers who were suffering from loneliness and isolation. As we have seen throughout this month leaving care can be an isolating experience, and the young people who do often receive little support from previous foster homes and families or the local authority when things get tough. Two years ago we worked with Become to provide a new TV to Kayla: this is her story.

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Spotlight on Loneliness: Care Leavers

This month we are shining the spotlight on loneliness among young people leaving care. In this week’s blog post, Ruth from Become (previously the Who Cares? Trust) explains why these young people are at risk of loneliness and social isolation.

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Loneliness and Dementia

QZ2B7319For those who suffer from dementia, loneliness can be a very real problem. And it seems that the problem works both ways, as healthy elderly people who feel lonely are more likely to develop the disease at a later date. Here we explore the relationship between loneliness and dementia, and how technology can help.

 

 

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Join our team! Vacancies at WaveLength

WaveLength staff photoAre you planning the next chapter of your career? Looking for a new opportunity in the charity sector? If so, we might have the role for you! The WaveLength office houses a small team of friendly and enthusiastic staff. If you would like to be the newest member of our team, take a look at our latest vacancies below:

 

 

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Spotlight on the Elderly

QZ2B7289This month, as part of our Spotlight On Loneliness campaign, we will be focussing on loneliness and old age. For many people, the elderly are the first group that come to mind when the topics of loneliness and isolation are raised. This is partly down to campaigns such as John Lewis’ 2015 Christmas advert The Man On The Moon, which have helped to raise awareness of the loneliness that many people feel in old age.

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Workplace Loneliness: Expert Advice

Throughout February we have been exploring the issue of office loneliness – the impact of being lonely at work, signs that your colleagues might be suffering from loneliness and tips from organisations and entrepreneurs for building a happy workplace.

To round off our Loneliness in the Workplace month, coach and training consultant Katie Duckworth kindly agreed to author a guest blog for us. Here she shares her experience of office loneliness, and her expertise on how employers can support their workers to feel less lonely and isolated in their work.

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innocent workplace happiness

innocent logoAs part of our Loneliness in Business month we are sharing advice on how employers can help their workers avoid loneliness in the workplace. This week, innocent drinks has told us how they keep their team happy and healthy in Fruit Towers and beyond.

 

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How to tell if someone is lonely

 

Recognising lonelinessIt’s easy to imagine that loneliness is a problem that affects only the very young and the very old. Often our image of a lonely person is a housebound elderly widow sitting alone in her empty house, or the little boy standing on a busy school playground with no friends to play with. However, the statistics tell a very different story. Up to 30% of the population of the UK reports feeling chronically lonely; one in ten people feel that they lack a close friend to confide in, and one in five feel unloved. That means that you almost certainly live, work or socialise with someone who feels lonely.

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Spotlight on Loneliness

Spotlight on Loneliness This week we are launching Spotlight on Loneliness, our initiative for 2017. Despite Britain being the Loneliness Capital of Europe, many people in the UK are still unaware of the extent of the problem or the huge variety of people affected. While most discussions on this topic tend to focus on the elderly we know that old age isn’t the only thing that makes people lonely. Through our Spotlight campaign we want to highlight the many ways that this issue can affect people of all ages and from all walks of life.

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Our Athens Marathon Hero

Amy Trakos Olympic flameSix months ago we received an email from Amy Trakos, who found our website online and was inspired to get in touch. Amy was planning to run the Athens Marathon in November and asked if she could do so on our behalf. Of course there is only really one answer to that question, so in November – after smashing her fundraising target – Amy put on her running shoes and headed to Greece.

Here is her story in her own words:

 

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A toast to you this Christmas

 

Christmas TreeIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The WaveLength tree is up and the big day is nearly upon us. And with all of the festive cheer going around, we wanted to share a little of our own.

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Help Amira’s Christmas Wish Come True

Amira's wishFor years, Amira and her family have all made the same Christmas wish: a safe new home away from the war, the bombs and the refugee camps. In 2016 that wish finally came true. This will be their first Christmas in their new home in the UK, and the first time in years that they are all wishing for different things.

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Refugees, Resettlement and Radio

Syrian refugees familyAs the wars continue in the Middle East millions of people have been forced to flee their homes, risking and too often losing their lives as they seek refuge in the West. In the face of so much unrest, we are proud to have been able to offer help to an increasing number of refugees settling in the UK through the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. The VPR Programme is a Government scheme to resettle in the UK some of the most vulnerable refugees who have made their way to camps in Lebanon, Turkey and Pakistan.

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Solihull Life Opportunities

This year we provided a Smart TV to Solihull Life Opportunities, a Solihull-based charity which provides social and leisure activities to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities. In October Tim went to visit SoLO to see how their new equipment was making a difference. On the day that he visited the young service users were enjoying an Italian Day: they cooked pasta for lunch, made flags and tested their knowledge of Italian geography and culture with a quiz. The new equipment was used throughout, from looking up how-to cookery videos to listening to Italian music and showing the answers to the quiz.


WaveLength and CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent logoReceiving treatment for cancer can be a very lonely experience – particularly for those who receive treatment in cities far from home or need to be in hospital for a long time. For young people, being away from friends and family like this can be especially isolating. That’s why we are proud to announce that this November we will begin working with CLIC Sargent to help alleviate loneliness and social isolation among young people with cancer.
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6 key signs that loneliness is looming

Loneliness is looming

Loneliness is a hard thing to talk about. We all experience break ups, bereavement, illnesses and changes in work or hometown during our lives, and these things can sometimes leave us feeling alone or isolated. And while no one wants to think of themselves as being lonely, it can be hard to bounce back from without the realisation that something is wrong.

If you think that you or a friend are suffering from loneliness, look out for these 6 key signs. If they sound familiar, it might be time to try and tackle the loneliness head-on.

 

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Health Impacts of Loneliness

QZ2B7289For some, being alone is a luxury. Taking the time to recharge, focus on personal projects or catch up with a favourite TV show can be a welcome break from a tiring job or busy personal life. But for many being alone all day every day is a fact of life.

According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, over a million older people in the UK are chronically lonely. But this problem doesn’t just impact the elderly – 53% of 18-34 year olds also struggle with loneliness. Human beings are social creatures, and recent research has shown that feeling alone is not just upsetting – it’s actually bad for our health.

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