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Buddies beating loneliness in lockdown

Young people with a learning disability in Hull and East Yorkshire have been teaming up with online volunteers to beat loneliness together

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Helping bereaved young people to be heard

Our belong partner, Edward’s Trust, helped Amy following the loss of her stepdad. Amy found that talking about her experience helped her and other young people going through bereavement.

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‘The gift that keeps on giving’ – how young people help each other move up to secondary school

Students from Co-op Academy Stoke are helping to beat loneliness by writing songs about belonging. Work is supported through the Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund.

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Abeer’s story: ‘You never know what the person next to you is going through’

Abeer helped to create Lonely Not Alone. Three months from launch day, she says we should all recognise that anyone can feel lonely.

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Penny’s story – beating loneliness by helping her peers

Our Lonely Not Alone research shows that 73% of young people have taken an action to help their peers beat loneliness. Penny from Whizz-Kidz is one of those young people.

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Using drama to beat loneliness and build connections

Tianna, 19, is one of 22 young people who used their experiences growing up in East London to create a play that focussed on issues that mattered to them and their peers.

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Disabled young people improving spaces in their community

Olly is one of 16 young people who’ve been empowered by a ‘Secret Shopper’ programme from our Belong partner KIDS to advocate for more accessible businesses and spaces across Islington, in north London.

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Dewsbury young people focus on their 2020 vision

Young people from Dewsbury, in West Yorkshire, have created a toolkit that will help adults make youth activities more meaningful and youth spaces more welcoming, thanks to a grant from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

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‘If you’re not with your friends, you’re not making memories’

10 young leaders from our Belong partner, Whizz-Kidz, discussed loneliness and campaigns to make spaces more accessible for young disabled people at a residential funded through the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

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Hat trick of wins for young people tackling loneliness

Warrington Youth Club used a grant from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand to empower young people to tackle anti-social behaviour, overcome loneliness and improve their wellbeing through football.

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Doing it by the book at The Old Library

A south-London youth club based in a former library used a grant from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand to make their open-access youth space a quieter and more welcoming place to be.

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