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For the last three years, we’ve campaigned to tackle loneliness and isolation with our partners British Red Cross.

A significant milestone in that campaign was the publication of Trapped in a Bubble, an in-depth report into the triggers for loneliness. What made the report so groundbreaking was the fact it revealed that loneliness was not the preserve of elderly, but it has devastating impacts on people of all ages, triggered by ‘transition’ events at different life stages.

New young mums are at risk loneliness and isolation

The one finding from that report that shocked me the most was the plight of new mums, in particular, younger mothers. The birth of a child is viewed by most of us as being a joyful experience. However, for younger mums, it can see their world change dramatically with the social connections they had before the birth becoming much harder to maintain. Amongst the key trigger groups in our research, young mums were one of the least recognised as being at risk of experiencing loneliness and isolation.

Today we have published new research that shows the scale of the impact loneliness can have on young mums.

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How we’ll tackle loneliness in new young mums

At the launch of our initial research, I set out how we would respond in partnership with charities and I’m delighted to say that we have now recruited Home Start UK, a leading family support charity, to add to the work we’ve begun with British Red Cross in communities up and down the country. Home Start UK is set to expand its community-based support groups with 15 areas of the UK to help young parents who are lonely to gather, meet, talk and create their own support networks.

These specialist groups will reach hundreds of young parents adding to the broader British Red Cross services introduced in 39 locations across the UK, which are supporting thousands of lonely and isolated adults of all ages and backgrounds.

Nick Crofts
President National Members’ Council

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  1. If you can’t have kids, although that’s incredibly sad don’t slag off young mums who might be suffering loneliness and calling them ungrateful because they can have kids, whoever has that attitude should be ashamed of their comments

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  2. Great work Co-op. Some young Mums can suffer loneliness and it’s great to see your support for them.
    Hope other people who suffer from loneliness or have other issues can be signposted for support and not feel bitter towards those that are getting support.

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  3. Sorry, but mum’s have many opportunities to meet new people, at school, at hospital, at local community groups, churches etc etc…..there is so much on for new mums, I really cannot believe that, unless they live out in the middle of nowhere, there is nowhere they can make friends.
    What about those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be mums ????? Most of those women surrounding us “not-mums”, are mums, and therefore, we aren’t included, not only in conversations but social events because “we just don’t understand” or aren’t included because we don’t have kids and if we don’t, then we must hate kids and not want to be around them ! Where is you help for these women ?

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  4. Thank you for sharing, Anna ^Jordan

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  5. That’s wonderful! ^Jordan

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  6. Perhaps in your experience, new young mums planned their pregnancies and are lucky enough to enjoy an abundant support network. But, as our research proves, that’s not always the case. Also, new young mums who experience loneliness aren’t necessarily ungrateful for motherhood, but the realities of modern motherhood often result in increased likelihood of loneliness and social isolation. ^Jordan

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  7. I am a Trustee for a local Home Start scheme and we run a young parents group. The work done by the organiser and volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of these very young mothers and their babies.
    It’s brilliant to see the co-op helping Home Start schemes to reach these young people

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  8. I find it difficult to understand why young mums feel lonely, they have the choice whether to become mother’s tell them to get a life and be thankful to God they they are mothers and think of those who cannot conceive.we were taught to make the best of our lives and this is what they should do.

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    • How very uncharitable of you! When the older generation had children many were lucky to have the help and support of family close by. Nowadays a new mum is often miles away from being in that wonderful position and may spend many, many hours a day on their own (as with stay at home dad’s too). Any help and support they can get in reducing their loneliness and solitude can only help them become a happier, more fulfilled and better parent. Well done to co op and Homestart in all that they do to help!

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    • Harsh

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  9. I worked for Home-start for almost 30 years, nearly 20 in a local scheme then 10yrs for Home-Start UK and I am really pleased to hear about this partnership. They do some brilliant work and I’m sure that with co-op’s support, will do even more to reach isolated families.

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    • I also worked with Homestart during the 1990s and found it very rewarding. In fact I am still friends with one of my first families and their 2 girls
      Patricia Allen

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  10. Great work Co-op, Charlie

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  11. […] Find out how our partnership with family charity Home Start UK will help young mums in this blog post by Council President Nick Crofts. […]

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