Loneliness and homelessness

Adam Outreach Radio

Many homeless people don’t want to admit their situation to friends and family, colleagues or school friends, and can feel that their secret isolates them from those around them. Not having a home makes it impossible to invite someone over for coffee and a chat, and having no disposable income means that going to the cinema or a restaurant with friends is out of bounds. When having the freedom to spend time with friends and family becomes unaffordable, people can quickly become lonely.

When people become homeless, they lose highly valued relationships with family and friends. On the streets, people feel a sense of rejection by those not experiencing homelessness. Precarious connections with other homeless can often become people’s only form of social contact, which can be both supportive and troubling.

One of the biggest challenges for people who have been homeless is then moving into independent living. This can mean people are separated again from the connections they have made with people who work in the hostel or on the streets. Often, moving into a new place, all alone can be the biggest steps for people in their aim to settle back into a ‘normal life’.

How does technology help?

For a person moving into independent accommodation after living on the streets, a tablet computer can be a route to education. It can also be a means of distraction, a tool for job hunting and a way to stay in touch with friends and family.

SHP Lewisham Vulnerable Adults

Before the front room never got used. Now it gets used quite a bit.

We love it. Everyone's using it, even the people that don't usually come out of their rooms. One of the residents got her Netflix account on it, so everyone uses that as well. I sometimes sit down with one of the other clients and watch TV together. People are interacting more regularly - before the front room never got used unless someone was using the computer. Now it gets used quite a bit. Sometimes when I cook dinner, we sit together and watch TV there. I also invite one of my mates over for dinner too - keeps you civilised.

SHP Lewisham Vulnerable Adults

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2019-07-30T09:27:00+00:00

SHP Lewisham Vulnerable Adults

SHP Lewisham Vulnerable Adults
We love it. Everyone's using it, even the people that don't usually come out of their rooms. One of the residents got her Netflix account on it, so everyone uses that as well. I sometimes sit down with one of the other clients and watch TV together. People are interacting more regularly - before the front room never got used unless someone was using the computer. Now it gets used quite a bit. Sometimes when I cook dinner, we sit together and watch TV there. I also invite one of my mates over for dinner too - keeps you civilised.
Town View Fields Hostel

Radios & tablets helped to combat loneliness when people are at their lowest.

The donations of radios and tablets have helped individuals to combat loneliness when they are at their lowest point. The donation has provided people with a form of relief and escape. The tablets provide people with a way to communicate and re-connect with friends and family more easily. The tablets also help people keep in touch daily with the job club and housing. Great! Now residents can do things for themselves rather than having to come and ask staff for access to the office computers. Thank you WaveLength.

Town View Fields Hostel, Kendal.

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2019-07-29T14:33:51+00:00

Town View Fields Hostel, Kendal.

Town View Fields Hostel
The donations of radios and tablets have helped individuals to combat loneliness when they are at their lowest point. The donation has provided people with a form of relief and escape. The tablets provide people with a way to communicate and re-connect with friends and family more easily. The tablets also help people keep in touch daily with the job club and housing. Great! Now residents can do things for themselves rather than having to come and ask staff for access to the office computers. Thank you WaveLength.
Look Ahead

The TV helps people to communicate with those who have the same interests.

As soon as the TV came into the communal lounge there were new appearances from people who would not usually socialise with others but to watch the TV. This in turn got them engaging with staff and customers with a knock on effect of further engagement with external services and referrals on the road to recovery. It helps people to communicate with those who have the same interests and relieves boredom.

Look Ahead Care

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2019-07-30T08:50:02+00:00

Look Ahead Care

Look Ahead
As soon as the TV came into the communal lounge there were new appearances from people who would not usually socialise with others but to watch the TV. This in turn got them engaging with staff and customers with a knock on effect of further engagement with external services and referrals on the road to recovery. It helps people to communicate with those who have the same interests and relieves boredom.
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