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Minister for Loneliness

Minister for Loneliness - elderly lady in a crowdThis week, Theresa May created the new role of Minister for Loneliness. The new Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, will continue the work started by the Commission on Loneliness, looking for ways to help alleviate loneliness in the UK. We think this is great news! However, there are some things that we want the Minister to be aware of as she starts her new role.




Happy Christmas from WaveLength!

Merry Christmas from WaveLengthChristmas is nearly upon us, and with it comes the last-minute rush. There are presents to wrap, meals to cook, and journeys to make. But Christmas is also a good time to think about everything that you have achieved over the past year, and all the things that you are grateful for. At WaveLength, we are grateful for you – our supporters. Thanks to you, there are thousands more people around the UK who will be less lonely this Christmas.


Tackling isolation in cancer patients

A young smiling man, cancer and CLIC SargentThroughout 2017 we have been working with CLIC Sargent to help young cancer patients cope with the challenges of illness and treatment. Spending time in hospital can be scary and lonely – particularly for people who are transferred to hospitals far from home. It can also be difficult for their families as they visit and offer support. To help these patients and their families overcome the loneliness of their circumstances, we have developed two projects with CLIC Sargent through their outreach work and their Homes from Home.


£33,000 for survivors of domestic abuse

Survivors of domestic abuse using WaveLength tablet computersThere are a number of stages to fleeing domestic abuse. First, the victim must plan their escape. They may need to research nearby refuges, or contact friends and family to tell them what is happening. Second, they flee. For some people, this means moving in to a domestic abuse refuge, where they will receive help setting up their new life. Finally, when they are ready, they move into a flat of their own. Thanks to a grant from the Clothworkers’ Company, we are able to help more survivors who are making this journey to safety.


TV licences in domestic abuse refuges

Domestic abuse, man and childWe are delighted to announce that the TV licensing policy has changed to help people in domestic abuse refuges. Until now the rules around licences in refuges were confusing. Sometimes it wasn’t clear if someone sheltering in a refuge needed to register for a licence or not. But now, each refuge will only need one licence, no matter how many TVs or how many residents there are.


Families and Loneliness

Families - dad, son and uncle give the camera a thumbs upJodi Picoult once wrote, “Having a family means you’re never alone.” But even in families, loneliness can be a problem. There are lots of reasons why. A new addition to the family, illness or disability and resettlement can all cause feelings of isolation. After all, feeling lonely is not the same as being alone. Here we explore some of the circumstances that can lead to people feeling lonely within their family.