The government has launched a £2m grant fund for organisations talking loneliness, to mark one year since publication of a strategy to address the issue.
The fund will aim to support small grassroots organisations such as community cafes, street parties, coffee mornings and walking groups.
Further details, such as the application process and eligibility, will be announced by the government “in due course”.
The funding is in addition to the £11.5m Building Communities Fund, which has been jointly funded with the National Lottery Community Fund and the Co-op Foundation. This fund has supported 126 projects.
Baroness Barran, minister for civil society and loneliness, said: “Loneliness is one of the biggest public health challenges our country faces and we are committed to tackling it head on.
“This new fund is a fitting way to mark one year since the launch of our landmark strategy and will help grassroots organisations address the issue in their own communities.”