The funders Rachel Reeves MP Tracey Crouch and Kim Ledbetter

The Government has announced a partnership with People's Health Trust and fellow funders to better connect individuals across England.

The partnership will see £20 million unlocked as part of the Building Connections Fund. The Health Lottery has contributed £4 million, which will be distributed through People’s Health Trust's Active Communities programme from September, to support charities and community groups to bring people together.

Other funding partners include People’s Postcode Lottery, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation.

This announcement falls on the anniversary of Jo Cox’s death. To mark the partnership announcement, representatives from People’s Health Trust as well as the other funders attended a community event, hosted by the Jo Cox Foundation.

The event showcased the power of building community connections.

The Minister for Loneliness, Tracey Crouch MP; Chair of the APPG on Loneliness Rachel Reeves MP and Jo Cox's sister Kim Leadbeater spoke at the event.

Speaking at the event, Tracey Crouch MP announced the partnership on behalf of the Government and thanked the collaboration of funders which made this possible.

Kim Leadbeater, sister of Jo Cox, speaking on behalf of Jo Cox Foundation, gave an inspiring speech and also thanked the Government and funding partners of the Building Connections Fund.

Rachel Reeves MP said that the work of Jo lives on in the announcement today - ensuring nobody has nobody in their lives.

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