New funding is being pledged for charities and community groups to support and expand programmes that bring people together and that benefit the community.
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that £20 million in new funding is being set aside for charities and community groups that are working to ‘help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness’. The funding will support charities and community groups to bring people together; support programmes that are proven to benefit individuals and society; and help ‘hundreds of thousands’ of people to make connections in their communities.
The £20 million will be used to support three separate funds:
The announcement was made on the second anniversary of the murder of West Yorkshire Labour MP Jo Cox.
Commenting, the Prime Minister said:
“Feeling lonely or isolated can have a profound and devastating impact on people’s lives – it can affect anyone of any age and from any background. But just as loneliness can affect any of us, so any of us can help to overcome it.
“The new funding set out today will make a big difference, helping more people to establish and maintain connections. This will build on work already going on, including through the second Great Get Together this weekend [a fundraising event held on the anniversary of Jo Cox’s death], which will see people up and down the country celebrating the strength of their communities.”
The Government’s work will be led by Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, who was appointed the ministerial lead on loneliness in January 2018, following the report of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness in December 2017.
Commenting, Tracey Crouch said:
“This funding will support charities across the country that are fighting against loneliness. It will help improve people’s lives and create a shared society for the future.
“I am incredibly grateful to our funding partners for their support. There is no single solution to this issue, but together we will reduce stigma around loneliness and build on Jo Cox’s legacy.”
Further information on the three funds will be published as soon as the details are made available.