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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