Loneliness and Employability Project (Black Adults)

The Neighbourhood and Wellbeing Delivery Alliance have commissioned Black Thrive to explore the health and wellbeing experiences of Black adults who are isolated and or unemployed in Lambeth.

In the UK, COVID-19 exacerbated people’s experiences of loneliness and social isolation. Groups at risk of increased loneliness during the pandemic were young adults (18 – 25 years), women, those living alone on low incomes, unemployed or living with a mental health condition. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Black communities experienced higher levels of unemployment and precarious work, a pattern observed within Lambeth. Despite this, research on the health and wellbeing experiences of Black communities is limited.

Based upon what is known about the patterning of social isolation and loneliness pre and post-Covid, this project aims to respond to current gaps in the literature. It will explore the potential relationship between social isolation, loneliness and unemployment on the health and wellbeing experiences of Black adults (18-35 years) living in Lambeth. It also seeks to identify potential system changes that could minimise the impact of social isolation and loneliness and catalyze discussions with key organisations to implement the identified changes.  

 

What do we aim to achieve by the end of the project?

To learn more about what Black adults need to overcome isolation and/or unemployment and use this insight to improve local health systems.

 

How will we get there?

  1. Improving wellbeing and sense of connectedness for Black people who will be actively engaged in the codesign process
  2. Enabling black people to feel their voices are heard and feel empowered to self-organise
  3. Developing a deeper insight into the impact of unemployment and or isolation on the health and wellbeing experiences of Black adults in Lambeth
  4. Increasing awareness of the actions that can be taken to improve the health and wellbeing experiences of Black adults in Lambeth
  5. Embedding recommendations to improve the health and wellbeing experiences/outcomes of Black adults in Lambeth

 

Key Activities

  • Two focus groups
  • Three data analysis workshops
  • Codesign sessions
  • One roundtable discussion
  • Final evaluation report

 

Project Timeline

This project started in November 2021 and will end in March 2022.

 

Find out more or get involved

If you’re unemployed,  experiencing loneliness or social isolation and you are Black, 18 – 25 years old and living in Lambeth, please email: hello@blackthrive.org

 

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