What does loneliness look like
To give participants an introduction to the concept of (youth) loneliness and identify and articulate loneliness. Participants, using specific words and images, will also be able to identify who may be at risk of loneliness in their community
By the end of this activity participants will be able to:
- Compare the difference between loneliness and aloneness.
- Identify and explain the potential needs of (young) people and strategies to reduce loneliness.
Here are some guidance to support the participants
Part 1: What does loneliness look like
What is loneliness
Before the activity begins
Who, why and when
Who? older person, young person
When or where? around holidays, alone at home
Why? families may not see them, bereavementThe example provided is an assumption and may not be representative of the participants community.
Part 2: Communities - whole group discussion
The facilitator could comment here:
It may be appropriate to inform participants:
Part 3: What can we do to help?
The facilitator informs the participants :
Ideas could include:
- Meet neighbours.
- Send cards/a letter/call/email to family members and friends.
- Send a 30 second video to someone with a positive message.
- Meet with older people and hear their stories.
- Organising a tea dance to do an intergenerational social action to meet others in your community.
- Creating an online group for young people or Instagram story, TikTok clips to motivate others to share their experiences.
Any additional points?
Part 4: Has this session achieved the intended outcomes?
Three questions to ask participants to reflect on:
- What is loneliness?
- What is the difference between loneliness and aloneness?
- What can we do to help our communities to support loneliness?
We recommend that you use the Young People’s Session Evaluation to evaluate this session