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Young people back the #ReachOut campaign

Slough Youth Parliament (SYP) is throwing its support behind #ReachOut, the council and Slough Wellbeing Board’s campaign to tackle loneliness and social isolation in the borough.

The aim of the initiative is to improve the health and wellbeing of Slough residents by encouraging people to ‘reach out’ and seek help and support if they are feeling lonely or socially isolated; as well as offer advice to people wanting to help those who are lonely or isolated.

SYP, which is made up of 11-19 year olds from across Slough, and includes members from underrepresented groups; decided to get involved with #ReachOut as they felt it tied in with one of their five manifesto pledges for the year.

Along with wanting to make Slough a more environmentally friendly town and safer for young people, they also hope to reduce the stigma around young people’s emotional and mental health needs and improve local support services.

As part of their involvement with #ReachOut, they have made specific campaign pledges to catch up with family members more often, check in on friends they have lost touch with and also talk to and make friends with someone they wouldn’t normally speak to or who might seem stressed or lonely at school.

In addition, the group plan to promote and publicise the various groups young people in Slough can get involved in and make friends, receive counselling and gain new skills, via their social media platforms.

For a list of organisations which may be helpful to someone feeling lonely or isolated, visit the Reach Out webpage and follow @SloughCouncil on Twitter.

The next SYP elections are due to take place across Slough secondary schools in January 2019, with awareness raising starting from this month. To find out more, email the Young People’s Service at Sloughforyouth@slough.gov.uk or call on 01753 875510.

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