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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.
Head of the Co-op Foundation