A PAIR of local organisations that work with vulnerable children and young people have received over £11,000 between them courtesy of Children in Need.
The Bardsley Youth Project and Erb’s Palsy Group have each been granted £10,000 and £1,754 respectively in recognition of the benefits each group provides to young people in the city.
Providing a drop-in centre where vulnerable locals between the ages of 13 and 18 can receive support on a number of issues, the Bardsley Youth Project will use the funds to cover the cost of two youth workers.
The youth workers will engage youngsters in one on one sessions to address specific needs and conduct activities that promote a safe and healthy lifestyle.
Offering four drop-in sessions a week, the project allows young people to attend discussion groups over a shared meal while keeping them active, safe and social.
Elsewhere, the Erb’s Palsy Group has been granted £1,754 to deliver activities at an annual conference for children and young people aged seven to 18 who suffer from a rare disability that results in the paralysis of the shoulder, arm and hand.
The condition affects all aspects of daily living from washing and dressing to playing and engaging in activities at school.
Funds will help cover the cost of fencing, a cycling workshop and boccia – a sport designed for people with severe impairments.
BBC Children in Need now funds 12 projects in Coventry with over £798,000 distributed to benefit young lives in the area.
The charity awards grants at seven points during the year – with more funding to be pledged to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people throughout 2016.
Speaking of the new funding Pat Clarke, administrator at the Bardsley Youth Project, said: “Support from BBC Children in Need allowed us to support young people’s emotional well-being and social engagement.
“This latest award will help us reach even more with services that could positively change their lives.”
Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need head of the central region said: “We are so pleased to include Bardsley Youth Project and Erb’s Palsy Group within this.
“Through their application, the organisations have demonstrated the tangible impact that their activities can have on local youth and we look forward to seeing their work in action.
“Competition for funds is tough, but we are always keen to hear from projects making a difference to young lives and our small grants are a great way to support new or existing projects looking to do just that.”
David Ramsden, BBC Children in Need’s chief executive, said: “These grants are only made possible by the amazing support of our fundraisers all across the UK.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us to change young lives.”