Loneliness awareness week, Hosted by Marmalade Trust, is an annual campaign that raises awareness of loneliness and gets people talking about it.

About Loneliness

Loneliness is a perceived mismatch between the quality or quantity of social connections that a person has and what they would like to have.

We all feel lonely at times – it’s a normal human emotion. We’re biologically wired for social contact, and loneliness is our signal that we need more.

You don’t have to be on your own to feel lonely – you might feel lonely in a relationship or while spending time with friends or family – especially if you don’t feel understood or cared for by the people around you. Other people might choose to be alone and live happily without much social contact.

Loneliness can also be characterised by its intensity, or how strongly it is felt, which can change from moment to moment and over different durations of time.

Most of us will experience loneliness at some point in our lives, regardless of age, circumstance and background. We all experience loneliness differently.

​It’s a common misconception that loneliness is limited to older people. In fact, it’s now the 16-24-year-olds who are the loneliest age group in the UK.

Resources

Below are some loneliness resources Community First Yorkshire have created to offer support to those who feel lonely.
Loneliness can affect us all at one time or another, whether that be socially, at work or in our families.
Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthier society.

The Loneliness Campaign

The Loneliness Campaign North Yorkshire was created to help support and inspire more local action on the subject of tackling loneliness across the county.

Youth Loneliness Toolkit

Our youth loneliness campaign, Stand Up To Youth Loneliness, was created in consultation with young people from across the county, highlighting the issues surrounding the social isolation that affects young people and encouraging conversations about loneliness so that this stigma is reduced.

Workplace Loneliness Toolkit

With more people working from home, there are fewer opportunities for face-to-face contact with colleagues, leaving some people feeling more isolated and alone.

We’ve brought together some useful information and resources to highlight the importance of addressing loneliness and give some practical tips on tackling loneliness in the workplace.

Blogs on Loneliness

Combating Loneliness Through Volunteering

Research by both the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and NVCO has shown that volunteering in itself is associated with enhanced wellbeing, not only for individual volunteers but also for communities as a whole.

Stand up to Youth Loneliness

Stereotypically, when we are asked to consider loneliness we picture someone who is elderly, perhaps frail, trapped in their home and struggling to connect with others in the wider world. But loneliness is not just something which affects the elderly.

Podcasts on Loneliness

Voices of North Yorkshire

In our Voices of North Yorkshire series, colleagues from The Loneliness Campaign North Yorkshire project talk with residents about loneliness and how it’s affected them.