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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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Lonely Not Alone: A family outfit

Young people co-created our Lonely Not Alone campaign to address the stigma of loneliness and remind other young people they’re not alone.

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TwentyTwenty: Not just life changing, lifesaving

Our #iwill Fund partner, TwentyTwenty, adapted quickly when Covid hit to maintain trust of the young people they support and expand their reach, tackling loneliness along the way.

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Unboxing creativity during lockdown

Our flexibility at the start of lockdown helped Comics Youth create safe spaces for young people when they needed it most

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Connecting and empowering: Supporting the youth sector to tackle loneliness

Our funding for the Belong Collective and National Youth Partnership helped youth workers better understand and tackle rising levels of loneliness during 2020 lockdowns

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Supporting prospective Black and Asian trustees to get on board

We made a £20,500 grant to help increase the racial diversity of charity trustee boards so they can better represent and support their communities.

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Beechbrae: Providing financial security when it mattered most

An extended repayment holiday on our interest-free loan is helping Beechbrae social enterprise support local mental health needs despite falling income during lockdown.

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Building connections during lockdown

Young people with vision impairments from across the UK are beating loneliness together thanks to an expanded series of online ‘supper clubs’ from the Royal Society for Blind Children.

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A picture paints a thousand words

Our Belong partner, Beyond Words, is helping people with a learning disability and autism better understand COVID-19 by creating wordless picture stories that explain lockdown, social distancing and end-of-life.

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