The cross-government Building Connections Fund is a partnership between government, The National Lottery Community Fund, and the Co-op Foundation. The main Building Connections Fund offered £11.5m to projects working to reduce or prevent loneliness across England.
In addition to the main fund, in November 2018, the government provided over £1m to the Co-op Foundation to deliver a key Loneliness Strategy commitment to maximise the use of community spaces, particularly for young people. This included focusing on co-designing services with young people. Funding was allocated to 144 projects, with a short delivery period of three months, between January and March 2019.
NPC has conducted a qualitative evaluation of these projects to better understand role of co-design and community spaces in reducing loneliness for young people.
Our work includes:
- Exploring the outcomes of co-design on participants, beneficiaries and the wider community;
- Exploring how organisations were successful or unsuccessful in engaging young people in co-design, including the extent to which they integrated young people in the evaluation of co-design;
- Evaluating the effectiveness of improving community spaces on reducing youth loneliness;
- Identifying the factors that can help communities make better use of community spaces.
Read the full report below to discover what worked well.
Leading a consortium of partners to share learning and understand the impact from an £11.5 million cross-government fund in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund and Co-op Foundation to tackle loneliness.
Our five-stage roadmap for planning and implementing your co-design. We also explore how to evaluate your outcomes and processes, and how to learn from the data.
We're pleased to announce we'll be leading a consortium of evaluation and learning providers for the Building Connections Fund—an £11.5m investment to tackle loneliness, funded by the UK Government, the Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation.