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Co-op Members raise more than £238,000 to tackle youth loneliness – how you’re changing lives through ‘Belong’

Blog: Thank you to every Co-op Member who chose to give 1% of what you spent on selected Co-op-branded products and services to help us tackle youth loneliness through Belong.

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Could you help us strengthen the youth sector? Invitations to tender now open

Blog: As part of our Building Connections Fund Youth strand (in partnership with Government), the Co-op Foundation is inviting tenders from organisations with the right skills and expertise to deliver two key contracts to tackle youth loneliness by strengthening the youth sector.

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We’ve secured an additional £1.5 million Government funding for the Building Connections Fund Youth strand
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Blog: Earlier this year, we announced a new £2m partnership with Government to fund projects looking to expand or enhance their work tackling youth loneliness – the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

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‘Tackle stigma to change attitudes and build caring communities’ – we respond to the Government’s Loneliness Strategy

Blog: We respond to the launch of the Government’s Loneliness Strategy.

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Break down stigma to tackle youth loneliness – we respond to BBC Loneliness Experiment findings

Blog: The Loneliness Experiment, which surveyed 55,000 people, also found that young people aged 16 to 24 years old were the age group most likely to be affected by stigma of loneliness.

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£2 million Youth strand of the Building Connections Fund – what you need to know

Blog: Eligible charities and community organisations from across England can apply until 26 September 2018 for up to £80,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, to expand or enhance their work tackling youth loneliness.

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#APlaceToBelong – let’s help local youth services do even more to tackle loneliness

Blog: Through our work with the 25 partners in our Belong network, we know the difference that good youth work can make for young people struggling with loneliness.

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Building Connections Fund – is your project eligible for our £2 million youth strand?

Blog: Charities and community organisations across England can now apply for a share of more than £11 million to tackle loneliness.

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£2 million to tackle youth loneliness

Blog: This morning, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced a new Government commitment to connect people of all ages and tackle loneliness in communities across England – the Building Connections Fund.

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Our #iwill Fund is open for applications

Blog: We’re looking for nine new partners in England, to help us tackle youth loneliness through social action.

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“So much more human” – emergency responses and everyday relationships

Blog: This week the Co-op Foundation team and a group of our Trustees visited 42nd Street’s impressive youth space, ‘The Horsfall’ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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Youth workers – what would help you do more to tackle loneliness?

Blog: Loneliness can affect us at any time of life, and young people are no exception. Almost one in three 16 to 24-year olds say they are ‘often’ or ‘always’ lonely.

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How ‘Brazen’ young women are beating loneliness

Blog: This International Women’s Day, we’re thinking about how loneliness affects girls and young women, and looking at ways they are finding connection and belonging.

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‘We’re like a family really’ – finding a sense of belonging

Blog: Hamza is from Rochdale. He’s 18. He’s studying catering at college, and dreams of one day running his own business. He also has a severe hearing impairment.

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Youth loneliness – who are the ‘one in three’?

Blog: A ‘silent plague’. An ‘epidemic’ that affects young people more than any other group. These headlines from the past few years show that the evidence has been there for some time – youth  loneliness exists, and on a large scale.

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