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Tackling loneliness with transport fund: Engaging young people with community rail - Evaluation report

Ricci, Miriam



This report presents the evaluation approach and results of the project Engaging Young People with Community Rail, funded by the Department for Transport’s Tackling Loneliness with Transport Fund .

The project engaged with young people aged 15-24 to achieve the following aims:
• to reduce the risk of loneliness and isolation for this age group;
• to enhance their propensity and effective ability to use rail to travel sustainably to destinations and access life opportunities;
• to build an evidence base and for wider, more effective engagement of this age group with transport, in particular community rail;
• to identify lessons learnt and best practice from the experience of project partners and other organisations involved in project delivery.
Whilst loneliness can be experienced by anyone throughout the life course, there is now an increasing body of evidence showing that that young people are:
• disproportionately likely to report feelings of loneliness;
• commonly at risk of mental health conditions, which not only increase risk of loneliness but create mutually reinforcing patterns of perpetuation;
• particularly exposed to loneliness and isolation as a result of the pandemic.

Report Type Project Report
Acceptance Date Jun 28, 2023
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2023
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