In January 2022, we launched the second year of The Multiplier – a national programme that invests in, supports, and connects community leaders from across the UK who are helping to reduce loneliness, build connection and bridge divides in their communities.
97 local leaders applied – from Essex to Edinburgh, Bodmin to Birmingham – each with their own initiative that responds to challenges their communities face and brings people together. In the two years this programme has been running, we’ve now received a total of 226 applications for The Multiplier. Just as they did last year, the quality of the applications we received left us in awe of the incredible power that happens when people come together in local places. This year – thanks to support from The October Club, Astra Foundation, Independent Age and Henry Oldfield Trust – we were able to increase our final selection of Multipliers from 10 to 12, enabling us to support even more community leaders to deepen their impact.
Based across the UK, our 12 Multipliers are responding to a variety of issues and building connection in a disconnected age – from creating spaces for LGBTQIA+ people to connect to nature, one another and the wider community; to leaders building interfaith friendships and connections; to change-makers tackling rural racism and championing people with lived experience.
Through this relational programme, The Multiplier will inspire these leaders – who are driving systemic and cultural change as well as local change – to increase their action, to amplify their voices and the voices of the people they work with, to build strength with one another, and to increase their networks as well as their own sense of belonging. We can't wait to embark on this journey with our 2022 cohort, learning both from them and with them.
Our 2022 Multipliers and their projects are: