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Youth Loneliness Peer Research Project

 What is loneliness?

What is the cause of loneliness?

Is there a difference between loneliness and being alone?

How do people describe loneliness?

How can we feel less alone?

Loneliness is often talked about as something which just affects older people in society but we all know that each of us feel lonely or isolated, no matter our age.

This is where you come in!

42nd Street is working with academics from the Childhood Youth and Community centre at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and young people to find out what young people across the UK think and feel about the issue of loneliness.

Sounds interesting? Here’s what is involved…

Becoming a Peer Researcher:

Training for young people aged 14-25 years in different research methods so you can get involved and become a peer researcher.

We will introduce you to a wide range of material to help you to get to grips with the complex nature of loneliness. As a group of peer researchers you will be exploring key questions like:  What is loneliness? What is the cause of loneliness? Is there a difference between loneliness and being alone? How do people describe loneliness? We will explore these questions, and many more, through workshops with local artists and practitioners.

Sessions include: ethical questions; community philosophy; urban games; immersive theatre, and DIY making.

As well as peer training days. Peers will also meet on Tuesdays to share their ideas and other material related to the project. As we progress and expand our network we will also work with local media and other creative groups to further shape the direction of our project.

What do Young People Experience in Greater Manchester?

In the second stage the peers, along with the researchers, will host their own loneliness themed workshops throughout the city. This will capture the voices of 100 young people in Greater Manchester and be the body of our research.

Research across the UK

Then we need to understand what those young people shared. Youth loneliness has been described as an epidemic. How can we ensure what we capture reaches the right places? How can we present the material to raise awareness? Once we begin to answer these questions we will share our outcomes – this is stage three. The peers will have the opportunity to visit London, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to talk to a further 80 young people. And along with what we share and find while on the road will be a loneliness project performance. A performance co-created by the peers with the help of an artist. Similar to the method in stage two, this will raise the awareness of youth loneliness and encourage the audience to share their thoughts and opinions. What we find out as we talk to young people across the nation, will help us to compare what might be similar or different from young people’s experiences in Greater Manchester.

Campaigns and Change-Making

This project will inform a new campaign to tackle youth loneliness. You will play a key role in shaping the campaign!

Why in an age where more young people feel connected, do more young people feel alone?


Feel like you have the answer? Or think you can add to the conversation? Or maybe you would like to just pass by and check us out?



If so, please contact Kurtis Angell: kurtis.angell@42ndstreet.org.uk or James Duggan J.Duggan@mmu.ac.uk for more information.