Co-op FoundationRathbone are delighted to have been awarded two grants from the Building Connections Fund Youth Strand.

These funds will help to make Rathbone Youth Club more accessible for young people over the next three months after being awarded £8,984 Co-design Grant and £9,810 Community Spaces Grant from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.

The youth club, which runs from The Old Library, will work with young people to come up with detailed improvements that may include a newly refurbished room and some additional outreach and consultation work to help build connections and tackle loneliness. Work is expected to be completed by March 2019.

Any yCreative Day Groupoung people who want to be involved in designing improvements to Rathbone Youth Club should contact Charline King on 020 8766 9280 or connect with us through social media though this website.

Funding is being delivered by the Co-op Foundation as part of the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, a partnership with government.

Rathbone Youth Club is one of 145 projects that has received this funding.


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.”

The Building Connections Fund is a partnership between government, Co-op Foundation the Big Lottery Fund to tackle loneliness and improve community connections. Co-op Foundation is delivering grants for all projects supported through the youth-specific strand.

This builds on funding awarded to more than 120 projects in December that included befriending services, community arts groups and support schemes.

For more information on the Co-op Foundation, visit