Published: 3rd Jan 2019

A new £11.5m fund aimed at tackling loneliness has been launched by the Government, the Big Lottery Fund and the Co-Op Foundation. It’s hoped the fund will give people greater access to befriending services, community arts groups and support schemes, with grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 being awarded to 126 organisations across England that are already delivering work to tackle loneliness and social isolation. The organisations to benefit from the funding across England include new community transport links to support those most at risk of isolation, innovative digital solutions that enable elderly people and young care leavers to connect with their peers and one to one support for LGBT+ people suffering from loneliness. The main fund is made up of close to £9m from Government and the Big Lottery Fund, which is being topped up by £2m from the Co-Op Foundation for a separate fund for young people, with grants, available … (To read the full article, subscribe below)