ThE WOLFPACK PROJECT

ABOUT US

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 …

Loneliness, living alone and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. (Holt-Lunstad, 2010)
Loneliness is worse for you than obesity and is likely to increase your risk of death by 29%. (Holt-Lunstad, 2010)
Lonely people are more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease and depression. (Valtorta et al, 2016) (James et al, 2011) (Cacioppo et al, 2006)

More than nine million people in the UK say they always or often feel lonely (Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness)

1 in 4 students have mental healths problems (77% of which have depression, and 74% have anxiety) (YouGov)
People aged 16-24 are three times more likely to feel lonely than those aged over 65 (Office of National Statistics)

VISION

For young people & adults to become better connected with the community around them; empowered to combat loneliness, broaden their support network and establish new friendships.

MISSION

To identify, connect and empower isolated younger people & adults to take action in tackling loneliness. Providing a network of projects where individuals can access support, establish new friendships and form a wider support network

support we provide

The Wolfpack Project offers supportive, reliable connections through one to one support with our Mental Health First Aid trained staff, as well as the chance to meet friends through our social groups. 

Research shows that chronic loneliness can have a significant impact on your overall health, including your mental health. Long term feelings of loneliness and social isolation can also reduce cognitive skills, such as the ability to concentrate, make decisions, problem-solve, and even change negative self-beliefs. And it can ultimately lead to depression.

Chronic, or long-term, loneliness can afflict all types of people. Its easy to assume that someone whos naturally shy and introverted might be most at risk, but outgoing, Type A, personalities can also suffer from chronic loneliness, even though they may appear to be the life of the party. This type of loneliness is not exclusive to any one personality type.

We run a variety of social groups for young people to get involved with, helping them to build bonds and create a social support network that they can rely on. Our groups range from coffee mornings to cinema trips, art workshops to walking groups, so that there is something that everyone will enjoy.

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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!

Support Us

You can make a direct donation to our Just Giving page. 100% of your donation will go towards supporting younger people & adults from experiencing feelings of loneliness!

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You can choose to support us via your Amazon purchase. Amazon Smile allows The Wolfpack Project to receive 0.5% on all purchases as a donation directly from Amazon.

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When you use easyfundraising to shop with any of our 4,000 retailers, the retailer makes a small donation to the Wolfpack Project to say thank you and we send those free funds to your cause.

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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 damien@thewolfpackproject.org.uk 

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