VAC secures National Lottery Funding to tackle loneliness in Coventry

Almost £88 million of National Lottery funding has been awarded to over 3,000 projects across England this quarter. The good news comes ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week (17 – 21 June), an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness and helping reduce the stigma

The funding has gone to support many different groups and projects including Voluntary Action Coventry taking innovative approaches to tackling loneliness and isolation, amongst other things. Recipients all share one thing in common – they understand what’s needed in their communities and are focused on bringing people together to improve lives and provide support.

VAC’s Chat Central project will engage people from all areas of Coventry, whether young or old, new to the city or an established resident.  The concept of linking people together with shared interests will help break down barriers of perception, build new relationships and a greater sense of awareness and understanding of the diversity and cultures of the population in Coventry. 

Chat Central will support people experiencing isolation to access volunteering opportunities and community activity that could help them to feel positive about themselves and give them the confidence to form new social connections and relationships. 

About The National Lottery Community Fund

They are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – they’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, they have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.

They are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything they do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, their funding is open to everyone. They’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.