New research shows how the voluntary sector tackled inequality and isolation during the pandemic

Leeds Beckett University have shared the findings of a project aimed at helping to bring communities together to tackle inequality and isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The evidence has come from the Space to Connect programme – a partnership funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Co-op Foundation.

The £1.6million project was aimed at helping community organisations develop physical spaces such as buildings, allotments, and playgrounds to reduce social isolation. It ran between 2019 and 2021 and funded 57 community organisations, ranging from community trusts, youth clubs, arts centres, and city farms.

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