The Co-op Foundation is all about helping disadvantaged communities work together to make great things happen. It is set up by the Co-op to complement its other work within communities across the UK, such as the campaign to tackle loneliness.

To help do this, the Foundation hopes to encourage young people to get involved in social action.

What is social action?

Social action is when people work together to make great things happen, for themselves and their communities. That might be through volunteering, campaigning; the key is that whatever you do delivers a double benefit, by helping communities and developing your own skills.

This is why social action is particularly important for young people.

How can young people get involved in social action?

Thanks to a new £2 million partnership with the #iwill fund, the Foundation are now looking at how youth social action can help tackle youth loneliness.


The #iwill campaign’s goal is to encourage 10 to 20 year olds to take part in social actions like fundraising, charity, volunteering, anything which can help to develop young person’s skills and better their community.

Charities working with young people in disadvantaged areas of England can apply for funding from now until 7 July.

Anastasia Michailidi
Student, Co-op Academy


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  1. […] year, we launched our £2m partnership with #iwill to tackle loneliness through youth-led social […]

  2. How can I get local children involved I’ve just established a constituted group who are going to put charity events on in and for our community. I altered our constitution to include over 16s on our committee but I don’t know how to find out who would be interested can you advise if hope this to be a great learning experience it certainly is for me thanks


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