If you followed this year’s AGM, you might have heard that we re-launched the Co-op Foundation, our own charity. Since then it’s gone from strength to strength – with a new team, and ambitious plans to help disadvantaged communities work together to make things better.
At the moment its main focus is tackling youth loneliness, building on the work we’re already doing with the British Red Cross.
Here’s what the Foundation has done so far:
- Trained 12 young researchers to investigate how loneliness affects young people
- Given £139,500 to five pilot projects exploring a range of approaches to tackling youth loneliness
- Committed another £120,000 to six new projects that help disadvantaged young people with loneliness during times of transition (such as leaving care)
- Supported these projects to work together as a network that will have national and local impacts
- Launched the #iwill fund – a £2million pot to help young people tackle loneliness in their communities, bringing more local projects into the national network
- Supported 358 colleagues to volunteer in their communities
You can find out more about the charities it’s supported, and its future plans in the mid-year progress report
If you’d like to raise funds for the Foundation’s work on youth loneliness, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to volunteer, email email@example.com
Follow the Foundation on Twitter – @Coop_Foundation