Invitations to tender for youth services to combat loneliness with Co-op Foundation

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15 November, 2018


Co-op Foundation invites organisations to bid for two tenders to tackle youth loneliness through youth services, with £85,000-150,000 available. The tenders come as part of the Co-op Foundation's partnership with the government on the Building Connections Fund.

The money will be allocated as follows, and organisations are welcome to apply for both options if they prefer:

  • Up to £85,000 (including VAT) to grow and support the ‘Belong’ Learning Network (which Co-op Foundation launched in 2017).
  • Up to £150,000 (including VAT) to develop a range of resources aimed at improving youth workers' and youth organisations' capabilities to combat loneliness, particularly those in small grassroots organisations.

Contracts will start in January 2019, with funding available until March 2021.

"Recent research funded by the Co-op Foundation found that 50% of youth workers believed a lack of training was a barrier to tackling loneliness," said Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation. "Organisations tendering for these contracts will help combat this by developing our Belong network to increase collaboration across the sector and creating free, shareable resources that will improve the capabilities of youth workers.”

Applications will be accepted until 12pm on Monday 3 December 2018. Click here for more information and links to apply.

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