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30th January 2019

Young Carers to lead on £4,000 community space project

Two young carers at a recent Carers' Centre event

Funding delivered by Co-op Foundation through Building Connections Fund Youth strand

The Carers’ Centre & our young carers service will help to make Bath centre ‘Woodlands’ more accessible for young people over the next three months after being awarded £4,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

We'll be working with our young carers to come up with detailed improvements to make the indoor and outdoor space more child-friendly, help build connections and tackle loneliness.

The planning process will be recorded and we hope to produce a short video about the project.

Work is expected to be completed by March when the Centre will be able to launch more groups and activities for children and young people and enable them to play, make friends and have fun.

Funding is being delivered by the Co-op Foundation as part of the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, a partnership with government and the Big Lottery fund. The partnership aims to tackle loneliness and improve community connections. Co-op Foundation is delivering grants for all projects supported through the youth-specific strand.

The Carers’ Centre is one of 145 projects that has received funding from the Co-op Foundation in this round, building on funding awarded to more than 120 projects in December that included befriending services, community arts groups and support schemes.

David Trumper, the Centre’s Chief Executive, said:

“Thanks to funding from the Building Connections Fund, our wonderful young carers will have an opportunity to design their very own community space here at the Carers’ Centre. As well as creating somewhere special to get together, make friends, have fun, the youngsters will also be learning new skills as they work together as a design team.”

Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:

“Spaces where young people can come together to enjoy shared interests are important for building connections and tackling youth loneliness. By involving young people in improving local spaces, we’re helping to increase their confidence and skills, while also building stronger, co-operative communities. We look forward to seeing the impact this funding has tackling youth loneliness across England.”

For more information on the Co-op Foundation, visit