Hard to believe it’s March already! But we’re celebrating a new month’s worth of feedback from the lonely people we help up and down the country.
Young people aged 16-21 have all the world ahead of them. But without the family structures most people this age still rely on, care-leavers are at risk of dangerous loneliness and isolation just when they should be starting exciting adult lives.
Organisations like ROCSOLID in County Durham provide flats with 24/7 support to care leavers feeling their way forward. With their help, young people have got children back from care, kicked drugs, found jobs, and successfully studied for qualifications.
WaveLength has donated a communal TV and radio, with extra radios in the residents’ bedrooms, and Hudl tablets for the residents.
The tablets are especially valuable for young people whose friends are used to staying on touch online. They’re also needed to access online services like bidding for social housing, applying for jobs and claiming benefits. ‘Your very generous contribution is the icing on the cake for our young people,’ says Sue.
Meanwhile, in Morecambe, we were incredibly touched by a gentleman who asked his referee if he could make a donation to WaveLength, as a recognition of the difference his new radio has made to his life.
‘I could just cry,’ says one client referred to us by his mental health support worker.
It can bes overwhelming to see how much difference something as small as a TV or radio makes to the life of someone who isn’t used to hearing friendly human voices every day. Both the young people in ROCSOLID accommodation, and the older people struggling with life changes and poor health, feel empowered when they can use our equipment – and we’re so, so glad to help them.