The Wolfpack Project
1321. Damien Reynolds
Damien Reynolds, from Nottingham, founded ‘The Wolfpack Project’ which has matched over 250 isolated young adults with volunteer ‘buddies’ who offer in-person support such as company for a walk, coffee or a football match to combat loneliness.
Damien set up the charity following his own experiences of isolation and designed the project to be entirely run by volunteers within the community, empowering young people to reach out and establish new connections.
In a personal letter to Damien, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how ‘The Wolfpack Project’ is tackling loneliness by bringing young people together in innovative ways, building friendships and a sense of community.”
Tom Randall, MP for Gedling, said:
“Loneliness can affect people at different stages of their lives and I really enjoyed meeting Damien earlier this year to hear about the work that he has been doing to reduce loneliness amongst younger people in Gedling and across Nottinghamshire. This is a well-deserved award and I congratulate Damien on his success.”
“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to receive the Points of Light Award, and for my work with ‘The Wolfpack Project’ to be recognised by the Prime Minister. Loneliness is an epidemic and significant challenge of society today, and never more so than in young adults whom are more likely to experience this than any other age group. ‘The Wolfpack Project’ is reducing loneliness in young adults across Nottingham through our Buddy Scheme and upcoming ”Wolfpack” social groups. The recognition and exposure in receiving this award will help us reach more individuals and further our ambition in working nationally in the future.”