Young people from City College, Plymouth, have created the film, focusing on how even the smallest action can help alleviate someone's feelings of being alone.

Our Youth Co-operative Action project, run in partnership with Real Ideas Organisation, has seen a group of 10 young people work together to create the film. Utilising their skills as media students, the group chose the medium of film in order to connect with as wide an audience as possible. 

What is Youth Co-operative Action?

Delivered in towns and cities across England and supported by a £170,000 grant from the Co-op Foundation’s #iwill Fund, each cohort of Youth Co-operative Action is encouraged to think differently to solve problems in their community and understand the real power of their voice. Empowered with the skills, knowledge and platform to tell their story, they work together cooperatively to inspire real, meaningful change. 

Through taking part in the scheme, all those involved have learnt new skills, met new people and had fun. Focused on teamwork and problem solving, participants have gained the confidence to tackle the issues that matter to them, such as loneliness, highlighted as a key issue amongst young people and emphasised using the projects hashtag #TogetherNotAlone.

Watch the film

You can watch the film below.

Daniel Cox, Project Manager, Co-operative College said:

The young people from our Plymouth cohort of Youth Co-operative Action have created a really moving film which highlights not just how tough loneliness can be, but also how even the smallest action can make a difference. We know the difference that youth social action can make in tackling loneliness and can’t wait to see what the next group of young people produce when we get back underway in September.

Nick Crofts, CEO, Co-op Foundation said:

Through the Co-operative College’s project, young people are given the opportunity to support each other while building confidence, skills, friendships and a sense of community. It’s fantastic that these young people have used their creativity and resilience to address youth loneliness, despite the challenges presented by Covid. At Co-op Foundation, we know that youth loneliness is an issue. However, we also know that there is hope. Our Locked Down, Looking Out research shows that despite young people feeling lonelier now than a year ago, they’re also embracing co-operation to help their peers. This sentiment is absolutely demonstrated in the Co-operative College’s Youth Co-operative Action project.

Amy Cooper, Programme Co-ordinator, Real Ideas added:

The group spoke a lot about the fact that you can be around people but still be lonely. They also spoke openly about the pressure to be constantly doing things, such as being out with friends, because of what we see others post on social media. It’s been clear to me throughout my time running the sessions that young people are intrinsically inclusive, caring and above all else, want to make a real positive difference in their communities and to the lives of other people.