KIDS will launch a new Secret Shopper project this year thanks to a £70,000 grant from the #iwill Fund.

The project will be co-created with young disabled people aged 16-25 in North London and the group will choose a range of local venues and evaluate how disability-friendly, accessible and inclusive they are. It is expected to support 32 young people over the next two years, engaging them in youth social action that tackles loneliness for them and their peers.

By the end of the project, it will raise disability awareness across community organisations in Islington, raise the profile of disabled young people in the area, and bring around positive change that makes the community more inclusive, benefitting all local disabled people (there are an estimated 100,000 disabled people residing in Islington, Camden and Hackney alone).  


The #iwill Fund is a £40 million joint investment from the Big Lottery Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. The Co-op Foundation is acting as a match funder.

 KIDS is one of 16 projects supported in this latest round of funding from Co-op Foundation.

Julie Tucker,KIDS Regional Manager for London said:

"This programme will enable young disabled people to have a real voice in their communities and enact the changes they would like to see to make the area more inclusive for themselves and their peers. We know disabled people are one of the loneliest groups and face a range of other disadvantages. This programme will help them to be part of their community, build friendships and feel like they can make a real difference for themselves and others."


Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:

“We’re delighted to be funding such innovative projects today through the #iwill Fund that will help increase young people’s skills and confidence, build stronger communities and help tackle difficult transitions that we know can increase the chances of loneliness.”

For more information on the Co-op Foundation, visit www.coopfoundation.org.uk