Co-op Foundation has been awarded a £1million grant from the #iwill fund, to create more opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities.
Co-op Foundation, a charity set up by Co-op, has supported youth social action in disadvantaged communities since 2009. With a new strategy for 2017, a new team of Trustees and a new logo the Foundation is ready to contribute an additional £1million to match the #iwill grant. The £2million combined pot will fund a network of projects that inspire young people to take practical action to tackle loneliness – an issue Co-op has been campaigning on for two years.
What have we done already?
Past Co-op Foundation programmes have included Truth about Youth, which worked with partners across the UK to challenge negative stereotypes of young people. One of these partners was the charity Envision, who used the funding to set up ‘Community Apprentice’, working with school and college students to address social issues they care about
In Bristol, ‘Community Apprentice’ participant Giordana wanted to reduce loneliness faced by refugees, inspired by her own experience of moving to the UK. With classmates, she researched free activities that refugees could join and produced a leaflet, persuading a local business to fund it. Links were formed with charities, who shared the leaflet with refugees in the city, along with food donations the young people had collected. You can watch their project story
More details of the fund, including how organisations can apply to join our network of partners, will be available on 12 June 2017.
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Jim Cooke, Foundation Manager