Loneliness can affect us at any time of life. Young people are no exception.
The Co-op Foundation is growing a UK-wide network of partners working together to prevent and tackle youth loneliness. The projects delivered by our network help young people form stronger connections in their community. While helping others, young people gain the skills to make the most of life’s opportunities and to cope with its challenges.
This work builds on our Truth about Youth programme, which challenged negative stereotypes by showing how young people play a positive part in their communities. It also complements the Co-op’s campaign to tackle loneliness.
New fund to tackle loneliness through youth social action
The Co-op Foundation is working together with the #iwill campaign to create a £2 million fund that will grow our youth loneliness network.
The first round of this fund is now open.
Charities working with young people in specific disadvantaged areas of England can apply. The deadline for expressions of interest is 7 July. Download full details of the criteria and how to apply.
#iwill is a UK-wide campaign to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Social action involves activities like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, which make a positive difference to communities while developing young people’s skills.