Hello, I’m Damien, the Founder of the Wolfpack Project.
For some time I’ve increasingly felt isolated and alone. I’ve ceased to make as many new friendships, and found for a number of reasons, older friendships have fallen by the wayside in the process.
I socialise less, grumble (more than usual) and feel a greater sense of dissatisfaction than ever before.
A famous movie quote springs to mind: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
Like 9 million people in the UK, I’m increasingly experiencing loneliness and a sense of being unfulfilled.
Am I embarrassed to admit this? Yes, very much so … Though I, and millions of others, absolutely should not be!
We’re increasingly being lost to a world of noise cancelling headphones, iPhone’s and social media – We are communicating more than ever (digitally), yet forming less meaningful connections and distancing ourselves more from the people around us. In fact, research shows that whilst use of social media has significantly increased over the past 5-10 years, so has feelings of loneliness.
Here is our Vision & Mission for tackling some of the problems that loneliness creates ..
The Wolfpack Project offers supportive, reliable connections through our Buddy Scheme, which helps people who would otherwise be socially isolated. The lived experience of our volunteer Buddies enables us to help the most lonely and isolated people in the area (as well as those who are simply having a tough time and want a chat every now and again!).
We will pair people up who with a Buddy who has similar interests, and with whom can join in Activities/Hobbies; such as going for Coffee or Walk, visiting the Cinema or even attending a Football match or Concert, for example.
The 1-2-1 support of our Buddy Scheme is always on hand; meaning we can help reduce the risk of isolation, help our people to access services & activities, and offer a friendly chat (that will always be in complete confidence)!
The peer-led support of our Buddy Scheme will help people to:
We would love to pair people up with our Buddies and make sure we’re all better connected, a part of something bigger and all have someone to turn to.
Whether you’re having a tough time and feel as though you need someone to be there for you, or you simply want someone to talk to every now and again, we’re there for you!
If you’re feeling lonely or are becoming isolated – Please get in touch. We want to help!
If you’re a business who would like to partner with us, gain exposure with us or sponsor the work we’re doing whilst satisfying your CSR (corporate social responsibility) – We’d love to hear from you.
Please get in touch with Damien Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.