Young adults and social isolation
16-24 year olds are more likely to express feelings of loneliness than any other age group¹.
Nathan, one of our residents living in Barne Barton, wanted to chat to us about the isolation he faced growing up and how he overcame this to become a Community Ambassador.
Nathan highlights in this video how difficult it can be knowing which path to take, especially when you are younger. Nathan attended a residential summer programme run by the Pioneers Project, which is supported by LiveWest, the project empowers young people to make a positive change where they live.
After he completed this programme, Nathan became a Community Ambassador and thoroughly enjoys being able to guide younger people in the community to make positive steps.
Jenny Endean, Young Person Service Development Manager said “Often we associate social isolation and loneliness with aging yet generally young people will go through a time of identity change which can lead to a feeling of isolation. When you are young, loneliness can be a big problem as it is not always easy to find a group of people you can connect with. Across LiveWest we are building relationships with young people to identify their strengths by exploring their talent and growing their skills. Supporting projects such as the Pioneers Community Ambassador Project is one of the ways we are investing in young people and transforming lives.”
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¹ Kantar Public (2016) Coop trapped in a bubble. An investigation into triggers for loneliness in the UK.