The Dunhill Medical Trust joins the #iwill Campaign

The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are investing £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund. The Dunhill Medical Trust is acting as a match funder in an exciting new £1M programme across England to promote young people’s engagement with care homes for older people through My Home Life’s Care Home Friends & Neighbours framework and will be administering grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

This three-year programme of work aims to co-create, pilot and deliver a range of inter-generational, sustainable community engagement initiatives in the social care sector with the purpose of:

  • developing a long-term volunteering habit, in particular, amongst young people aged 5-14 years from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds through provision of high-quality opportunities and support;
  • connecting the residents of care homes for older people with their local communities in a way which is flexible, practically achievable and self-sustaining.

The programme will support My Home Life (MHL) in collaboration with The Linking Network (LN) to expand the reach of an initiative known as Care Home Friends and Neighbours (CHFaNs); with a view to transforming the lives of young people, particularly those from more disadvantaged backgrounds through volunteering with older people in care homes, initially in the two pilot areas and then in a further 10 areas, across England.

Care Home Friends and Neighbours (CHFaNs) seeks to inspire, guide and make it easier for young individuals in primary schools, clubs, and community organisations to connect with residents, relatives and staff in care homes. MHL will help them to kick-start the habit of community volunteering and other forms of social action, early in life, developing skills for the future and supporting them to feel part of a national effort to connect generations for mutual benefit.

The delivery partners, My Home Life and The Linking Network, are independently acknowledged nationally for the deep knowledge they have developed in their sectors over a number of years and the proposal and its planned evaluation are underpinned by sound theoretical foundations, a extensive evidence base and substantial practical “front line” experience of the art of the possible and what works.

Having successfully awarded two grants for the pilot stage we will be opening a call for applications for the further 10 areas in October 2020. Further information can be found here


  • The #iwill Fund is made possible due to a £50 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.
  • The #iwill Fund brings together a group of organisations who all contribute funding to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people.
  • Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable young people to make a positive difference in their communities as well as develop their own skills and knowledge.
  • The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign – to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities.
  • By bringing together funders from across different sectors and by making sure that young people have a say in where the funding goes – the #iwill Fund is taking a collaborative approach.

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