A place to belong

A recent report published by UK Youth concluded that youth loneliness is a widespread, though little understood, problem in Britain and that living in a rural area is one of a number of factors that can increase the risk of loneliness.

The report concludes that while “local youth organisations are well-placed to address youth loneliness”, youth workers need more support and “youth organisations need strategic and tactical guidance on how to address youth loneliness, renewed funding and more collaborative working between local services”.

This presents both and opportunity and challenge for rural churches and a need to pray  – for young people in the countryside and for all those working to provide them with a ‘place to belong’ and for rural churches to find ways to welcome and include the young people in their communities.

Read a short article on the UK Youth report here, and the full report here.

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