Following last year’s ReachOut pilot year, we have been successful in securing additional funding from Co-op Foundation to expand the project in 2019-21. ReachOut has been working with a wide range of youth organisations and individuals to educate and empower young people (aged 14-25) around youth loneliness in Wales.
Young people have been participating in creative workshops, as well as developing their own social action projects to address loneliness within their communities. These social action projects are youth lead and run, with the young people identifying something in their communities that is affected by youth loneliness. Last year one hub chose to run an intergenerational tea dance for their social action project, while another created well-being stockings to give to women living in homelessness within their community.
To support our hubs we have created a free toolkit filled with a range of activities and workshops to help young people explore loneliness and plan their social action projects. This toolkit is available in English and Welsh and can be found further into this page where you can download it for free.
The monthly ReachOut workshops are a safe space where young people can take part in a movement to tackle youth loneliness through fun creative activities. Between the workshops there is an opportunity for weekly communication through the ReachOut online platforms: twitter (@youthcymru), facebook (@ycreachout). The project supports young people to develop confidence and self-esteem, reduces social isolation and works to address the stigma of loneliness among young people.
Sounds interesting? Want to get involved? Find your closest hub below…