The B&NES Carers’ Centre will make their centre in Bath, known as ‘Woodlands’, more accessible for young people over the next three months, after being awarded £4,000.
The money has been awarded by the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.
The charity, which runs from the Lower Bristol Road, as well as from their centre in Radstock, will work with young people to come up with detailed improvements to make the indoor and outdoor space more child-friendly, help build connections and tackle loneliness.
The planning process will be recorded and the charity will produce a short video about the project.
Work is expected to be completed by March, when the Centre will be able to launch more groups and activities for young people and enable them to play, make friends and have fun.
Funding is being delivered by the Co-op Foundation as part of the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, a partnership with government.
The Carers’ Centre is one of 145 projects that has received funding from the Co-op Foundation in this round.
David Trumper, the Centre’s Chief Executive, said: “Thanks to funding from the Building Connections Fund, our wonderful young carers will have an opportunity to design their very own community space here at the Carers’ Centre.
“As well as creating somewhere special to get together, make friends, have fun, the youngsters will also be learning new skills as they work together as a design team.”
Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, added: “Spaces where young people can come together to enjoy shared interests are important for building connections and tackling youth loneliness.
“By involving young people in improving local spaces, we’re helping to increase their confidence and skills, while also building stronger, co-operative communities. We look forward to seeing the impact this funding has tackling youth loneliness across England.”
The Building Connections Fund is a partnership between government, Co-op Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund to tackle loneliness and improve community connections.
Co-op Foundation is delivering grants for all projects supported through the youth-specific strand.
For more information on the BaNES young carers service, visit www.banescarerscentre.org.uk/youngcarers.