Common Ground – tackling youth loneliness in our communities Changing Our Lives is proud to be one of the Co-op Foundation’s partners in tackling youth loneliness, as part of the UK-wide Belong network. Young disabled people and young people experiencing mental health difficulties are at greater risk of social isolation. Common Ground, launched in October 2017, aims to reduce social isolation in young people in Walsall and Birmingham. We work with young disabled people and young people with experience of mental health difficulties from BME communities to establish meaningful connections, relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships with people in their local area. This project has successfully challenged cultural stigma, raised expectations for young disabled people and their families and celebrated the interests, talents and skills that connect us all. Common Ground Report Common Ground Stories The national conversation about youth loneliness talks about the significance peer support can play in challenging the stigma. Common Ground aims to take this approach and also embed human rights into future work. Therefore, in 2019, Common Ground will help young people in Wolverhampton understand loneliness as a normal human experience. The project will equip them to navigate their thoughts and feelings by empowering them to develop their own solutions to tackle youth loneliness. It will bring together young people with PMLD and their non-disabled peers to provide peer support and bridge the social gulf between them. Do you want to learn more about how to support people who are socially isolated to develop meaningful connections? Changing Our Lives runs one-day training courses on Community Connecting. Please click here for more information.