Today the Prime Minister announced the launch of a new fund to connect individuals and communities, and tackle loneliness – the Building Connections Fund.
We’re delighted that £2 million of this fund will be delivered by the Co-op Foundation, through a match-funding partnership with Government, and specifically dedicated to tackling youth loneliness.
This builds on the work of our Belong network to date, helping us support even more projects and organisations who are committed to building understanding of youth loneliness and sharing learning about what works.
The Building Connections Fund is part of the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Jo Cox Commission, which called for action to address loneliness across all age groups. The inclusion of a dedicated strand of funding for work with young people is a welcome sign that youth loneliness is at last being recognised as an important social issue.
The funding will help us deliver the recommendations we made in our recent report, All our emotions are important, which set out to break the silence about youth loneliness. We will award grants to support activities that benefit a wide range of young people, as well as providing additional resources for learning and evaluation.
This is an exciting opportunity to take the work of our Belong network to a new level, with the Government hoping that the evidence generated by the fund will directly inform future policy and spending decisions.
Full details of the Building Connections Fund will be announced in July, with the youth strand opening to applications in August. To keep up-to-date, subscribe to the main Co-op Foundation blog.