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Monday
Apr292019

Introducing Building Connections

All of us here at pedestrian want to share details about our recent Building Connections Fund project, funded in partnership by Co-op Foundation and HM Government to tackle loneliness.

 

“There is no one cause of loneliness and therefore no one solution. That is why we are working alongside a broad range of businesses, voluntary organisations and local councils to ensure that those who feel alone are best supported.”

Mims Davies, Minister for Loneliness.

 

Being one of the organisations selected to deliver a Building Connections project enabled us to work with numerous local partners to offer activities that would engage discussions into loneliness either through direct conversations or embedding the subject matter into the activities.  Through this fund we delivered two projects: Engage & Envision and Public Spaces.

 

Engage & Envision

This strand of the project allowed us to work with three partner organisations; Mountfield Youth Lodge, Marriott Primary School, and Visions Centre Oakham. We delivered 3 blocks of 5-week sessions with each organisation, allowing us to deliver a variety of activities based upon the young people working together to co-produce the sessions and decide upon the specialism for each session.  

 

Engage and Envision sessions engaged with 92 young people and demonstrated a 32% reduction in young people ‘often feeling lonely’.

 

Building Connections 'Engage and Envision' from Pedestrian on Vimeo.

 

 

Public Spaces

Public Spaces enabled us to partner with The Core in Corby to host a 5-day intensive music project. Twelve young people worked with professional musicians, music producers and film makers to create original music and songs, which they recorded and performed to an audience. The young people used the theme of loneliness as a starting point to develop their musical and lyrical ideas. 

 

Public Spaces demonstrated a positive improvement: in knowledge development regarding loneliness, musical skills, personal and social skills, taking part in activity and sharing work with family, friends and carers. The young people went on to develop a regular group ‘Young Programmers’ supporting The Core with the development of The Festival.


Building Connections - Pedestrian at The Core - Loneliness from Pedestrian on Vimeo.

 

 

Both projects assessed impact by utilising the UCLA Loneliness scale measurement tool.

 

 During both projects we were visibly able to see the changes in the majority of the young people over the five weeks we worked with them, and particularly those with SEN. We feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such incredible young people, help them to feel less lonely and support them with ways to address those feelings.

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