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Helping to tackle youth loneliness

Posted onPosted on 28th Sep

A new scheme to help lonely young people has been supported by a grant for £2,879 from Mansfield Building Society’s Charitable Trust.

The Social Action Hub, based in Rainworth, launched its Tree House Project this year to help tackle youth loneliness.

The charity provides help to improve young people’s life skills, including mental wellbeing and physical and emotional resilience.

The Tree House Project was created to support the most vulnerable young people in the area by creating a safe environment to discuss personal issues stemming from loneliness and isolation.

Claire Penny, chief executive of the Social Action Hub, said: “We want to help address the challenges head-on by providing a safe haven where individuals are able to share their concerns, seek advice and find the support necessary to get their lives back on track.

“The Tree House Project allows us to specifically focus on youth loneliness, particularly those with mental health issues who aren’t aware of the support available and are increasingly isolated due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The donation from the Charitable Trust has allowed us to provide counselling and mentoring support — a service which has previously not been available due to funding constraints.

“We have also been able to deliver sessions to help improve physical and mental wellbeing and provide employability support for young people.”

Mansfield Building Society’s Charitable Trust was established in 2015 to support sustainable initiatives that benefit the community, and the trustees were inspired by Social Action Hub’s commitment and enthusiasm to helping the local community.

Paul Wheeler, chief executive at Mansfield Building Society, added: “We are very proud to support The Tree House Project with a donation from the Charitable Trust, and believe the funds will help young people in our heartland area become more confident and able to reach their true potential with the support of the Social Action Hub.”

To find out more about the Social Action Hub and the services it offers, visit

To find out more about Mansfield Building Society’s Charitable Trust visit

Pictured are Lisa Wilson, programme manager, and Claire Penny, chief executive, both of the Social Action Hub.