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Brings together disadvantaged young people to learn how to cook and helps them to organise a community cooking event that builds connections with local people. Also researching the impact of social action on youth loneliness. Projects supported through our #iwillFund.

Youth Focus: North East

We fund a number of Youth Focus: North East projects including the ‘Fast Friends’ drop-in, ‘Big Days’ events series (#iwill Fund) and ‘Community Hosting’. Young people are also researching into the impact of youth social action on loneliness (#iwill Fund).

Youth Cymru

Young people from more disadvantaged backgrounds will work across Wales to tackle loneliness through youth social action and help embed learning into national decision making.

Youth Action Northern Ireland

Young people from more disadvantaged backgrounds will develop skills and confidence by co-leading activities, including campaigns and employability workshops. Learning will help local youth organisations get better at tackling loneliness.

Young Scot

A design team of young people from more disadvantaged areas of Scotland will develop campaigns and resources to grow their own skills and help embed youth loneliness as a key national issue.


The “Youth Activist” programme trains young people with mental health difficulties to deliver community workshops that boost their own skills and confidence and raise awareness of mental health among peers. Supported through our #iwillFund.

YMCA Bradford

Unemployed young people are working together to co-develop ecotherapy activities, including walks, conservation and other outdoor activity, to reduce loneliness and explore barriers to employment.


Runs a national personal development programme to help young wheelchair users make friends, learn skills and take on leadership roles that boost their confidence.

UK Youth

Developed research to better understand how youth work contributes to addressing youth loneliness, and what additional support they could benefit from to better address the issue.


Runs “Journey to work” – a six-month programme of peer guidance and one-to-one support to help young people struggling with employment be better prepared for work. Supported through our #iwill fund.

Torbay Community Development Trust

The “Together Days” programme supports community partners to co-design youth social action events that boost the confidence and skills of local young people in Torbay. Young researchers are also researching the impact of youth social action on loneliness. Supported through our #iwill fund.

The Proud Trust

LGBT+ young people are running an awareness campaign to improve community cohesion, and supporting schools with peer support groups and LGBTQ+ resources. Young researchers are also exploring links between youth social action and loneliness. Supported through our #iwill fund

The Prince’s Trust

Delivers skills workshops in the South of England, including one with young offenders, followed by up to six months of individual support.

The Children’s Society

A national network of “Young Carer Champions” co-produce a programme of support and training workshops for other young carers so they can increase connections.

St Werburgh’s City Farm
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Our Building Connections Fund Youth strand grant supports a volunteering and enterprise-focused outdoor programme that helps local young people with mental health difficulties building connections and confidence. Space to Connect will help create an online horticultural training programme that can be sold to generate income.