Control Cycle

Time

20 - 30 mins

Target

14-25 years

Delivery

Face2Face

Deliver

Online

AIMS

The aim of this activity is for young people to recognise the difference between things they can and cannot control in relation to loneliness they may experience. They will feel empowered by what they can control and how they may be able to reduce their own loneliness.

OUTCOMES

Young people will have enough good-quality individual relationships based on mutual trust and empathy. They will feel part of a wider community that values their contribution. Have confidence in themselves to set meaningful personal goals. Have the skills they need to achieve their goals.

RESOURCE

Pens, paper, downloadable activity sheets below.

Activity instructions

Hand out control circle activity sheets that can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Ask the young people to individually fill in the sheet. Through using words and images the young people can fill in the centre with things they can control about loneliness. Around the outside they can place things that are out of their control. For example, young people may be lonely as there is limited public transport in their area. This would be out of their control.

Ask the young people to individually fill in the sheet. Through using words and images the young people can fill in the centre with things they can control about loneliness. Around the outside they can place things that are out of their control. For example, young people may be lonely as there is limited public transport in their area. This would be out of their control.

A young person may be lonely because there is not much going on for young people in their community. They may identify this as being within this control, as their social action project could help provide opportunities and activities for young people in their community affected by loneliness.

Bring the young people back together to compare what they think is in their control and outside of their control. (Explain that everyone’s experience is individual and none of the answers are wrong. This could also be something you establish in your group agreement at the beginning of the session.

Consider the following:
  • Are there similarities in what people have identified?
  • What actions could the group take to address loneliness?
(This conversation could lead into the group beginning to plan their social action project to tackle loneliness with their communities)

These comments should be written down on flipchart, as they are discussed.
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Resources

Please feel free to download the activity resources. All documents are editable and can be adapted for your bespoke session.