This month we will be shining the spotlight on loneliness caused by homelessness.
This month we have been focussing on men as part of our Spotlight on Loneliness campaign. We have seen how family breakdown and domestic abuse can lead men into homelessness, and how isolating this can be. In this blog post, we will explore how the Man Box and societal pressure can leave men battling loneliness and isolation.
At the beginning of our Spotlight on Care Leavers month, we learnt why this group of young adults can be particularly at risk of loneliness. We’ve heard from care leavers like Kayla, who have benefited from Wavelength’s support. In her final post, Ruth explains how Become’s new coaching programme is trying to tackle some of the root causes of loneliness among this group of young people.
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.
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.