Funding awarded for Tackling Youth Loneliness

Funding delivered by Co-op Foundation through Building Connections Fund Youth strand

RJ Working in Cornwall will help to make school outdoor spaces more accessible for young people over the next three months after being awarded £10k from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

RJ Working will work with young people to come up with detailed improvements that may include conflict resolution and peer mediation to help build connections and tackle loneliness.

Funding is being delivered by the Co-op Foundation as part of the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, a partnership with government.

RJ Working is one of 145 projects that has received funding today.

“Spaces where young people can come together to enjoy shared interests are important for building connections and tackling youth loneliness. By involving young people in improving local spaces, we’re helping to increase their confidence and skills, while also building stronger, co-operative communities. We look forward to seeing the impact this funding has tackling youth loneliness across England.”

Jim Cooke Head of the Co-op Foundation

The Building Connections Fund is a partnership between government, Co-op Foundation the Big Lottery Fund to tackle loneliness and improve community connections. Co-op Foundation is delivering grants for all projects supported through the youth-specific strand.
This builds on funding awarded to more than 120 projects in December that included befriending services, community arts groups and support schemes.
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SSE Trade Up Graduation

Our CEO Deborah Mitchell graduates from the School of Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme

Deborah has been part of a fantastic cohort of social entrepreneurs with huge commitment and drive over the past year.

In her speech at the graduation event, held at The Eden Project, Deborah outlined our mission for young people:

Every child in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly deserves to learn Restorative Principles as part of their education.

So what is Restorative Practice? Quite simply, it’s equipping children and young people with transferable principles

for communication and problem-solving, so that they can recognise difference and value it, and respond creatively to conflict – which
is inevitable – preventing harmful escalation, whether in person, or online.
It’s a kind of everyday ethics, what used to be called conscience, reinforcing a moral compass for young people to look after themselves and each other – so it’s great for agendas like anti- bullying, tackling prejudice, and good mental health.

There is plenty of scope for RJ Working to contribute in Cornwall and although we are members of the national Restorative Justice Council network, and the European Forum for Restorative Justice, we are committed to Cornwall for our service delivery. We want to reach the most disadvantaged children and young people, those who don’t get positive social and emotional coaching at home, and we want to really narrow the gap between them and the others.

You can read more about the SSE training here


We want to extend a huge thank you from everyone at the RJ Working team to all the many people who helped to make yesterday’s Celebration of Restorative Practice in Cornwall Schools such a success, especially the schools who brought children to participate.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal spoke with a strong understanding of the issues to an audience of well over four hundred people and personally talked with over fifty people in small groups towards the end of the event.



CEO Deborah Mitchell said ‘It was an absolute pleasure to meet Princess Anne, and to witness her very genuine interest and commitment to this aspect of education. Her visit has been a catalyst for these developments in schools to be more widely and known and understood. People of all ages and backgrounds came as guests to the event and shared in her encouragement. The RJ Working team is delighted to be exchanging learning with a range of schools and to be supporting restorative developments in Cornwall’.