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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How 1 TV transformed a Psychiatric ICU

WaveLength recently donated some new equipment to a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in London. Here the unit’s Senior Occupational Therapist Michael Mendones tells us about how their new technology has impacted the lives of his patients. We love receiving this kind of feedback from the individuals and organisations that we work with, and hearing how our equipment has changed lives.

Miss Universe GB Finals

Our CEO Tim and our ambassador Kirsty Heslewood unveiling one of the new TVs in Ward 41 of Leicester's Royal Infirmary.As you might already know, we are fortunate to have Kirsty Heslewood as our celebrity ambassador here at WaveLength. Kirsty was Miss England and Miss UK in 2013 and 2014, and at the moment she is busy preparing for the finals of Miss Universe GB, which is taking place next weekend in Cardiff.

Kirsty is deeply committed to helping overcome loneliness and social isolation. She has met many people across the country who have received technology from WaveLength, and has heard directly from them the many ways in which technology can improve the lives of people who are isolated from their communities. Continue reading…

WaveLength’s Research Findings

Big Connect posterThis March we launched the findings of a major new piece of research conducted in association with the University of York. We wanted to explore the social, economic and health impacts that our work has had on our beneficiaries.

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Small gifts, big thanks

We always love hearing from the people that we help, and seeing how our work has made a difference to their lives. We wanted to share with you some of the letters of thanks that we have received!

We at WaveLength work with charities and individuals across the country. The people that we help are all very different, but they all have one thing in common. They all suffer from loneliness and social isolation. By gifting them something as simple as a radio or television we can help them to overcome their loneliness and improve their lives.

The people we help come from all walks of life and include ill and disabled people, elderly people, homeless and ex-homeless, refugees and survivors of domestic violence to name a few. Here’s how our small gift has affected some of those people.


WaveLength and Rotary Club work together to fight loneliness

This week we are announcing the addition of a new member to our Board of Trustees: Mr Barry Theobald-Hicks.

Tim with trustee Barry Theobald-Hicks, who is President of the Rotary Club of St PancrasAs well as being our latest trustee Barry is President of the Rotary Club of St Pancras, which shares our values of reducing loneliness by facilitating friendships and community. The Rotary Club hosts a weekly lunch in Central London where members can meet, get to know each other and make new friends in the city.

With regards to the announcement, Tim said “We are delighted that Barry is joining WaveLength as one of our Trustees. It’s great to have him on board, and fantastic that he is getting involved by visiting the projects we work with to get a flavour of the needs that are out there and the positive impacts of our work.”

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Tim’s visit to Leicester

Last Friday Tim visited Leicester with our Ambassador Kirsty Rose. They went to meet some community members at the Adhar Project, who we recently gave 10 tablet computers and 2 smart TVs, and to unveil 16 brand new 32″ TVs at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Here’s how they got on!

The Big Connect: how media alleviates loneliness


Media technology can help people who are isolated connect to the outside world in ways that can be life-changing. A change in environment, the breakdown of a relationship, poverty or mental health problems can all lead to social isolation or loneliness that can be difficult to resolve, or sometimes even to talk about. New research shows that providing people with radios, televisions or tablet computers can help them to re-engage with the world and overcome their loneliness.

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Ambassador Welcome at Trustee Reception

Recently, the WaveLength board and staff were extremely happy to be able to welcome one of our celebrity ambassadors, Miss UK Kirsty-Rose Heslewood, at a trustee reception.Chairman Steven meets Kirsty Heslewood

Trustee Tony Judd was able to book the Flyfishers Club in central London to greet Kirsty and let her find out more about our work. The event was also a great time to give our trustees a run-down on our research project with the University of York, finding out more about the needs of WaveLength’s current and future beneficiaries.


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Many Faces of Homelessness

QZ2B7330Many WaveLength beneficiaries are homeless or in insecure housing. These people have very complex needs, as homelessness is usually a stopping point on a very difficult journey. We hope that the TVs, radios and tablets we supply will make the next stop a much happier one.

Recently, we donated a TV and radio to a lady of 82 in a women’s aid centre in Southend. Tragically, her husband’s violence had forced her from her home – a stark reminder that abuse can affect anyone, at any time of life.

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Radio Academy Podcast

The first WaveLength Radio Academy podcast is now available to listen to at www.radioacademy.org/podcasts. The fifteen minute podcast is a great introduction to WaveLength’s work and priorities, with Radio Academy’s Paul Robinson interviewing our CEO Tim Leech. Joining them are Michael Ferguson, a representative of Passage, the London homelessness charity; and Ken, a floating mental health support worker working with the homeless in Westminster, who has referred many homeless people to us for the radios that help them keep in touch with the outside world.

Keeping in touch with the outside world has been a priority for WaveLength’s beneficiaries since our foundation in 1939. We’re branching further into new technology, with an exciting scheme in partnership with The Passage’s Home for Good social club coming up soon  (watch this space!)

But the podcast reminds us of the everyday comfort and cheer that radios bring, and the feeling of agency coming from something as small as turning a dial to your favourite show.

Have a listen to the WaveLength podcast, and hear how after 75 years, radios are still bringing untold comfort to lonely and isolated people across the country.

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Women’s Aid Lanarkshire

cropped-SMALL-W-HART.pngIt can be hard to explain why women fleeing domestic violence need our services. Everybody knows they’re traumatised, scared and vulnerable. But not many people realise just how isolated and lonely these women and their children are.

In South Lanarkshire, women are rehoused in individual flats to give them independence, space and time to recover from their experiences. However, as they are still in danger and their new addresses are confidential, they can only have one, named, female visitor.

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Adhar Project

Tim recently made a visit to an inspirational group of people in Leicester. The Adhar Project provides support for Asian-heritage people who are struggling with poor mental health or have learning difficulties, and their families. “Adhar” means “support” in the Sanskrit language.


The Adhar project is a great example of an organisation stepping up to do what’s needed for the most vulnerable people in their communities. It’s been going since 1989 and their lovely service co-ordinators and volunteers work closely with social workers to deliver emotional support, family intervention, education, day trips and keep fit classes in Asian languages.

When WaveLength staff paid them a visit, we were thrilled to see the women’s group enjoying the smart TV we provided. The TV’s digital capability was really important to them, letting them access local news in their own languages, Asian films and YouTube beauty tutorials, which they wouldn’t have with traditional TVs.

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Adhar Project Gallery

WaveLength staff recently made a visit to an inspirational group of people in Leicester. The Adhar Project provides support for Asian-heritage people who are struggling with poor mental health or have learning difficulties, and their families. “Adhar” means “support” in the Sanskrit language.