Anyone can feel lonely, but the British Red Cross' research shows that loneliness can badly affect young people. In response, they've developed a set of resources in partnership with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for educators to use with young learners.
The resources focus on some key themes surrounding loneliness and coping. Each document contains a selection of activities which educators can use to individually or together to build a lesson plan.
The activities use animated films, illustrated characters, videos, podcasts and music to explore the topic of loneliness with primary and secondary learners.
Compassionate Values, Health and Well-being
KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14, KS4: ages 14-16, KS5: ages 16+
Citizenship, Drama, English / literacy, English: ESOL / EAL, English: literature / story, PSHE / PSE / PSED, Remote learning
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What is loneliness? - lesson plan
Explore what loneliness is, how it can make us act and who it can affect with this animated film. Use this selection of suggested discussion and creative activities to explore further with learners. Learners will meet characters in the video that they'll get to know more in later activities.
Stories of loneliness - lesson plan
Use the PowerPoint of the characters introduced in the animated video and some suggested activities to explore loneliness in more depth. Learners can delve into their stories to better understand how loneliness affects everyone differently and how we can help.
Stories of loneliness characters - lesson presentation
What meaningful connections do you have? - lesson plan
We know that meaningful connections and conversations are key to tackling loneliness. Use the video of young people talking to their most meaningful connection and activities to explore the topic with learners. Discuss why connections are important to us and encourage them to interview their best friend or close family member like the young people in the video.
Helping others who are lonely - lesson plan
Explore how we can help people with kind acts and words and active listening activities. For secondary learners they can explore resources created by young volunteers including a blog and Spotify playlist of happy songs and stories.
Talking about loneliness - lesson plan
Secondary learners can develop their understanding of others and their experiences of loneliness using The Kind Place podcast featuring two young people sharing their experiences of isolation and loneliness. Explore the episode with learners by discussing the different topics raised.