Charities and community groups across the country will benefit from new funding of £20 Million to help connect people and communities as part of a drive to tackle loneliness.

As a funding partner of the multi-million pound investment - and thanks to the support of our players - People's Postcode Lottery have contributed £5 Million. This money will support community programmes and projects designed to bring people together and help build meaningful connections that benefit individuals and society.

Clara Govier, People's Postcode Lottery Managing Director, said, "Despite being more digitally connected than ever, we are facing a dire epidemic of loneliness with far-reaching consequences for people's health and mental wellbeing.

"Thanks to grant-giving trusts supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, a £5 Million fund has been created to benefit charities working towards more connected communities. This will tackle the issues behind loneliness which affect so many people across Great Britain."

The funding, set out by Prime Minister Theresa May, was made possible through a partnership with the Government, People's Postcode Lottery, the Big Lottery Fund, The Health Lottery and the Co-op Foundation.

This significant investment is part of Jo Cox's legacy and builds on the on-going work of the Jo Cox Foundation to combat loneliness. Through this money, thousands of people will be helped to make connections in their communities.

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, added, "This funding will support charities across the country that are fighting against loneliness. It will help improve people's lives and create a shared society for the future.

"I am incredibly grateful to our funding partners for their support. There is no single solution to this issue, but together we will reduce stigma around loneliness and build on Jo Cox's legacy."

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Jo Cox Foundation's Kim Leadbetter with Clara Govier and Malcolm Fleming, alongside MPs Rachel Reeves, Tracey Crouch and Seema Kennedy