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Lonely young adults invited to join 'Wolfpack'

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A new charity has been set up in Nottingham to try and help tackle loneliness in young people.

It is a problem is sometimes perceived as an issue for older people, but statistics show that that is not always the case.

46%
Of UK students feel lonely during their time at university compared to 32% globally (HESA)

Damien Reynolds has experience as a volunteer befriender, which has given him an insight into just how much people feel lonely.

He has set up a charity called The Wolfpack Project. It has been running for around four weeks and is already helping 25 people in the local community.

It is currently based only in Nottingham, but aims to extend across the country in the next year or so.

3 times
People aged 16-24 are three times more likely to feel lonely than those aged over 65 (ONS)
42%
Of British people say they don't have a single friend at work (Relate)

Within 12 months he also wants to be running 'Wolfpack Social Groups.'

Damien is hoping that all these efforts combined will help stop the stigma of loneliness and provide a place for people affected by it can find help and support.

You can find out more about the charity here.