The goal of our work on loneliness and isolation is to give young adults the life skills needed to prevent, tackle and manage the experience. The Astra Foundation focuses on this age group because, unbeknownst to many, the younger population face even higher levels of loneliness than older adults and loneliness has been steadily increasing amongst youth in recent years. In addition to the stigma loneliness and isolation create, their economic, health and societal costs are immense.
Astra’s grants will focus on increasing the knowledge base regarding successful interventions to prevent loneliness and on providing young adults access to programs to address the problem. Our theory of change is that by strengthening the knowledge base around how to address loneliness and isolation and supporting best in class interventions, the Foundation can act as a catalyst to improve support for young adults.
Current grantees include:
British Red Cross to lead the All-Party Parliamentary Group on loneliness and wider regional and local activities
Jo Cox Foundation to convene organisations, amplify voices and advocate for sustained momentum on loneliness
The Cares Family to develop and manage the Action, Voice and Power project
Safe Passage International to support unaccompanied youth refugees
The goal of our work on youth empowerment is to remove barriers that prevent youth from reaching their full potential, and to give youth the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life. The Astra Foundation believes that all youth, regardless of origin, class, gender, or race, should have the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. We realize that many disadvantaged youth face systematic structural barriers to achieving success in life, and aim to help remove these barriers and give youth the skills needed to succeed.
The Astra Foundation’s grants will focus on programs that use innovative and proven strategies such as those deploying sports and the arts to give youth the life skills, vocational training, and confidence they need to succeed in life. Our theory of change is that preparing young people for the challenges they will face is key to enhancing their success in reaching their full potential.
The goal of our work in this area is to reduce the amount of disposable plastic that society consumes. We aim to achieve this goal through a dual approach -- focusing on alerting consumers to the importance of changing their habits of consumption, as well as on business-friendly efforts aimed at encouraging alternatives to single use plastics.
Astra’s grants will support organizations and coalitions that work to raise awareness around the environmental, climate and health risks associated with single use plastics and to encourage businesses to eliminate single use plastics in their supply chain. Our theory of change is that by improving public and corporate awareness of the environmental, climate, and health risks associated with plastic, consumers will change their consumption habits and demand alternatives to single use plastics in their shopping which in turn will stimulate businesses to provide alternatives.