One in four young people feels lonely, finds Young Women’s Trust

By agency reporter
January 4, 2019

The Young Women’s Trust, a charity which supports young women on low or no pay, has found that a quarter of young people feel isolated.

One in four people aged 18 to 30 feels lonely (25 per cent), compared to one in 10 64- to 72-year-olds (11 per cent), according to the charity’s survey of more than 4,000 young people and 1,000 baby boomers. The figure rises to nearly one in three for women aged 18 to 24.

Yorkshire and the Humber is the loneliest region for young people, with 29 per cent feeling lonely, followed by 27 per cent in London. Young people in Wales feel the least lonely, at 20 per cent.

Among the reasons for loneliness could be a lack of close relationships, with one in five in the charity’s survey saying they feel like they have no one to turn to. The Office for National Statistics earlier this year found that “younger renters with little trust and sense of belonging to their area” were particularly at risk of isolation.

Young Women’s Trust chief executive, Dr Carole Easton, said: “We cannot ignore the epidemic of loneliness among young people, and especially young women, in the UK.

“Feeling isolated can have a bad impact on young women’s confidence and their mental health. Combined with a lack of networks, this can make it harder to look for jobs and can lead to young women being shut out of the labour market.

“As well as investment in community and mental health services, more support is needed for young women who want to work. This could include mentoring to help ease women’s move back into education or employment. Tackling loneliness would benefit individuals, businesses and the economy.”

All figures are based on findings from a survey carried out for Young Women’s Trust by Populus Data Solutions. A representative sample of 4,010 18-30 year olds and 1,115 54-72 year olds in England and Wales, with panel services provided by Populus Live, were surveyed.

* Young Women's Trust



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