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Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, has today announced £1.6m of funding for 22 projects tackling youth loneliness, thanks to our partnership with Government on the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

Grants will support young people most affected by loneliness, including young carers and those with disabilities, long-term health conditions or experiencing bereavement. They will also support work with wider groups of young people living in more deprived local communities.

Partnering with Government

The Co-op Foundation has been tackling youth loneliness since 2017, through our UK-wide network of Belong projects. This work builds on the £6.7m raised through Co-op’s partnership with British Red Cross, and responds to research which found that one in three young people are lonely.

Our work received a major boost when Prime Minister Theresa May announced in June that we would join forces with Government to tackle youth loneliness.

The funding being awarded today is part of the wider £11.5m Building Connections Fund. This also involves the Big Lottery Fund, which has today announced funding for another 104 projects tackling loneliness across all age groups.

What happens now

The 22 projects awarded funding will start working with young people immediately, exploring youth loneliness in greater depth and then delivering innovative responses over the next two years. The learning from this work will be shared with youth organisations across the country, as well as being used to inform longer-term Government policies to tackle loneliness.

Read more about who we’re funding and how they will make a difference in this blog post.

Support our work tackling youth loneliness by choosing Belong as your local cause or by donating online.

Jim Cooke
Head of the Co-op Foundation

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Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. I am concerned about teenagers leaving care homes. I have seen a program on tv where it showed how difficult it was for these youngsters. Also for youngsters going to university or training courses/colleges without support.
    How could they be more supported?

  2. What a great idea for a very worthy cause!


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