Homebuilder’s donation to Nottingham charity helps tackle loneliness

Ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week (14th – 18th June), Barratt and David Wilson Homes has donated £1,000 to Nottingham-based charity The Wolfpack Project, which aims to support young people experiencing loneliness.

B&DWNM – Alex Inkley (left) and charity founder Damien Reynolds (right)

The donation from the housebuilder has arrived at a fundamental time as the charity is moving to a large multi-office space in Sherwood, which will provide the opportunity to increase the number of group support sessions available to young people.

Damien Reynolds, Founder and CEO of The Wolfpack Project, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have the support of Barratt and David Wilson Homes at a time when there are more younger people than ever who are lonely, isolated or struggling with their mental health across Nottingham. This valuable support will help us to provide more younger people with the one-to-one and group support they need.

“The Community Fund is so important for local charities and community groups across Nottingham to be able to support hundreds of service users each year. Through the scheme, Barratt and David Wilson Homes show the importance of delivering on corporate social responsibility and giving back to the local community.”

The Wolfpack Project was founded in 2019 by Damien after his own experiences with loneliness and was established to combat the substantial, growing issue of youth loneliness as a serious public-health problem.

In 2020, the charity saw over 750 people receive one-to-one and group support and over 4,250 attend events and meet-ups to make friends with similar interests.

During the pandemic, the charity digitalised its support delivery in terms of one-to-one and group work and also supplied tech to younger people without the financial means in which to stay connected with their loved ones.

The Wolfpack Project also delivered hundreds of wellbeing packs to people who were shielding or isolated throughout lockdowns in 2020 and 2021.

Damien’s advice to people who are feeling isolated, lonely, or are struggling with their mental health is to speak up and not suffer in silence – there is no shame in seeking support if it is needed.

Young adults across Nottingham who are struggling are recommended get in touch with The Wolfpack Project via www.thewolfpackproject.org.uk, their Instagram or Facebook page or can email hello@thewolfpackproject.org.uk.

The advice follows a recent report from The Prince’s Trust Tesco Youth Index which found that one in four young people (26%) have admitted they feel “unable to cope with life” and 50% of 16 to 25-year-olds also say their mental health has worsened since the start of the pandemic.

Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Midlands, said: “The Wolfpack Project is a fantastic charity and it’s a pleasure to contribute towards its aims in tackling loneliness and improving mental health in Nottingham’s youth.

“The charity helps so many people across Nottinghamshire and we’re delighted to support its efforts.

“Our Community Fund scheme is designed to help a wide range of charities support those in need in the areas in which we build and we’ll look forward to seeing how The Wolfpack Project progresses even further.”

For more information on how to support The Wolfpack Project, visit thewolfpackproject.org.uk/

Barratt and David Wilson Homes is delivering new homes in Nottinghamshire and supporting the communities in which it builds. To view the homes available in the area, please visit Beeston Quarter and Romans’ Quarter.

For further information about Barratt and David Wilson Homes, visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or www.dwh.co.uk.

https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/news-views/tesco-youth-index-2021

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