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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. 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. 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.

St Luke’s CARES

“Young Commissioners” is creating a Connection Commission to research youth loneliness with their peers and work with adult co-commissioners to report back findings and solutions.

Southend YMCA

A “Youth Ambassador” programme is helping local young people in Southend-on-Sea to learn new skills and work with artists, tutors and other professionals to raise awareness of youth loneliness. Supported through our #iwill fund.

Scotswood Garden

Runs sessions for young people aged 9 to 13 years old and 14 to 18 years old to explore what it means to be lonely and create opportunities to find solutions.

Royal Society for Blind Children

Runs supper clubs for visually-impaired young people across London, developing their networks and building confidence and skills through talks and workshops.

Royal Exchange Theatre

Runs theatre workshops with young people from Special Educational Needs (SEN) and mainstream schools to break down barriers and support new friendships.

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity

Runs a beatboxing and vocal coaching project for hospitalised young people with cystic fibrosis to reduce the negative impact from hospital stays. Extra tools will be created for those needing remote support.


Ovalhouse will tour the ‘Random Selfies’ production England-wide and deliver their ‘Find a Friend’ initiative in schools. Young people experiencing or at risk of loneliness will also design and build a temporary theatre space for summer holiday activities for young people in Brixton.