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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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Bringing theatre to the front room

Liverpool Playhouse is hosting its wellbeing project, Life Rooms, online to offer creative activities via Zoom.

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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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