What is The Wolfpack Project?

The Wolfpack Project, a youth charity situated in Nottingham, is dedicated to providing vital support for young individuals aged 16-35 across Nottinghamshire. Our mission centres on delivering assistance for mental health challenges and addressing the pervasive issue of loneliness within this demographic.

Founded in 2019 by Damien Reynolds; The Wolfpack Project was established to combat the substantial, growing issue of youth loneliness as a serious public-health problem of our time. As a result of his own experience of loneliness, Damien set up the charity in his hometown of Nottingham.

Five years on and the charity is growing to meet the need for timely, relevant and accessible support for young people in the city and county. 

This page covers:
Our Mission & Vision as a charity
Our values (PACT)
Why we are still needed to do what we do
The impact we have across all our work

Damien Reynolds

Damien Reynolds

Founder , The Wolfpack Project

I rarely saw friends or family and found myself becoming less socially active or in a position where I could meet people and form new friendships. I was isolated and lonely and my mental health and confidence were increasingly affected by a lack of ability, or willingness, to leave the house and connect with people. I excluded myself from others due to a deep sense of unhappiness and disconnection from society. Despite this, I knew I wanted to feel close to other people and form the meaningful connections I’d come to lack, which led me to become socially and emotionally undernourished.

Mission and Vision

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

To identify, connect, and empower isolated younger people and adults and to provide support that allows them to overcome the barriers created by isolation.By providing a network of projects where individuals can access support, young people will establish new friendships and form a wider support network that they can trust in hard times.

Our Values: P.A.C.T

Principled

We respect each other, thrive on diversity, and will always act in the best interests of the communities we serve.

Ambitious

We’re determined to drive change and focus on how we make the most impact. We adapt and always strive for better; pushing ourselves and our boundaries.

Connected

We collaborate internally and externally, to create a fairer society. We listen and share; learning and growing with the expertise of others.

Transparent

We’ll be respectful, open, honest and accountable, and ensure the partners and agencies we work with, share the same approach.

%

Of young people who experience a mental health problem aren’t getting the help they need.

Why we are needed more than ever?

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, which can ultimately lead to depression. Chronic, or long-term, loneliness can afflict all types of people. It’s easy to assume that someone who’s naturally shy and introverted might be most at risk, but outgoing personalities can also suffer from chronic loneliness, even though they may appear to be the life of the party and chronic loneliness among young people is only getting worse.

Less than 1 in 3 young people with a mental health condition get access to NHS care and treatment

(YoungMinds)

16-24 year olds are the age group most likely to feel lonely often or all the time

(Office of National Statistics)

1/4 students have mental health problems (77% have depression, and 74% have anxiety)

(YouGov)

But there is opportunity to make things better...

 

58% of young people say they are “more motivated than ever” to work for a positive future

(Coop Foundation)

Almost two thirds of young people (65%) say they are more likely to reach out to friends who they think may need help

(Coop Foundation)

89% of young people have taken an action that has helped to combat their feelings of loneliness

(Coop Foundation)

Our Impact

At The Wolfpack Project, we believe in transparency and accountability in our mission to support the young people of Nottinghamshire. We are proud to present our Impact Report for the year 2022-2023, showcasing the strides we’ve taken in fulfilling our commitment to reducing loneliness and promoting positive mental health among individuals aged 16-35.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of our activities, accomplishments, and the tangible impact we’ve made within our community. Through a combination of one-to-one support, social groups, events, and more, we have worked tirelessly to create support networks and foster a sense of belonging among isolated young people.