According to research undertaken by the Office of National Statistics, children and young people feel embarrassed to say that they sometimes feel lonely, as they see it as a possible failure. Despite this, over 10% of 10-15 year olds admit to feeling lonely, rising to 19.5% for young people living in a city; 27.5% for those in receipt of free school meals, and 28.3% for those reporting poor health. Many spoke of the practical, emotional, mental or social barriers preventing them from participating fully in activities and social life, which also contributed to loneliness.
Creating Connections to Reduce Loneliness
The Gifted, funded by the Co-op Foundation, worked with young people to develop a project which would reduce loneliness in young people by helping them to recognise their own barriers and those in society, to enable them to connect with one another.