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Supporting bereaved young people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 

We’re proud to have provided £20,000 to Barnardo’s New Horizons peer mentoring project, in Ayrshire, Scotland, which helps young people dealing with bereavement.

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Bangladeshi Women’s Association

Funding from our Space to Connect partnership with DCMS helped the Bangladeshi Women’s Association to bring different communities together.

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Acting quickly and funding flexibly to support Refugee Action

We committed our largest single grant to date to help Refugee Action respond to the Afghan refugee crisis and fund longer-term support.

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Improving youth wellbeing during bereavement

Our #iwill funding for Let’s Talk About Loss is helping bereaved young people support others though grief so they can improve their mental wellbeing and help others.

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Developing the leaders of tomorrow

Our funding for Oxfordshire Youth is helping to develop leaders and boost mental wellbeing by encouraging young people to support others as they move up to secondary school. 

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Speaking out about inequality in tech

Tech impacts on us all, but how can we be sure it tackles rather than amplifies inequality? The Federation programme is working on solutions thanks to our partnership with Luminate.

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Giving culture and community a home

We awarded Element Society a flexible £10k grant in 2021 to help them bounce back from the financial impact of Covid.

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Building impact through long-term support

We awarded long-term funding to the Young Trustees Movement and Getting on Board in 2021 to help them tackle inequality in charity leadership.

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Improving spaces and boosting mental wellbeing through youth social action

We’re marking #iwillweek 2021 by shining a light on Groundwork South, which helps young people not in education, employment or training make a difference to local spaces

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Getting young people’s voices heard

Current available Charity Commission data shows that, of 953,062 trustee roles registered, 11.7% are taken by people under 40 while just 2.6% are under 30. This is why, for the third year in a row, the Co-op Foundation has awarded a grant to the Young Trustees Movement.

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Creating a community space for everyone on Iona

In late 2019, we awarded the Iona Village Hall Community Trust (IVHCT) a £20,000 grant and a £30,000 interest-free loan to help them redevelop their village hall.

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Going digital to engage young people during covid-19

In 2018, we awarded Norfolk-based Mancroft Advice Project (MAP) £77,000 from our Building Connections Fund to work with local partners and help young people at risk of loneliness improve wellbeing, build relationships and deliver community campaigns.

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Hope beyond Covid: A Q&A with two of our Community Spaces partners

We chatted to two of our Community Spaces Loans partners to find out the impact of our grants and their hopes for the future beyond the pandemic.

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The successes and challenges of going digital during covid

Building Connections Fund partner, Ourside, found that moving to digital youth work during Covid helped them to break down barriers with some young people.

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Youth Voice: a place at the virtual table in 2020

Young people from our Youth Advisory Group have been speaking up to help us make more informed decisions on issues that affect their peers.

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