126 organisations receive Building Connections awards to combat loneliness

Tens of thousands of people are to be given greater access to befriending services, community arts groups and support schemes through a new £11.5 million fund to tackle loneliness in England.

The Building Connections Fund is aimed at reducing loneliness in England and will target people from all age groups and backgrounds.

The fund was created earlier this year in partnership between the government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation.

The 126 organisations to benefit from the new funding 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.

Funding will also go to expanding existing programmes that harness sport, arts or music as a way to encourage people to establish lasting and meaningful friendships with those who have similar hobbies and interests.

A full list of awards can be found at this LINK.