AN ‘ENORMOUSLY grateful’ Coventry and Warwickshire charity has been given funding from BBC Children in Need to support disadvantaged children and young people.
YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire will receive nearly £120,000 – raised during BBC Children in Need’s 2019 Appeal in November – to support the delivery of vital services to young people in the area.
The three-year grant will fund an open-access youth programme to support disadvantaged children and young people facing poverty and deprivation locally.
The ‘DEN’ programme, which operates across the Willenhall, Foleshill and Stoke Aldermoor estates, aims to improve young people’s mental well-being while supporting their development and skillsets.
Paulina Colomby, area director at YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire, said: “We are enormously grateful to BBC Children in Need for their support, which really will positively impact young lives locally.
“All the young people we support live in high-deprivation, isolated communities in Coventry, and grow up facing complex issues, but this grant will allow us to provide hope and support for the future.”
Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need regional head of the central region, said: “During these unprecedented times, where many of our projects are having to adapt and find new ways of supporting children and young people in need of help, we are more grateful than ever for the generosity shown by our supporters, who made this funding award possible.”
In addition to these grants, BBC Children in Need has launched two dedicated COVID-19 Response Programmes to support local charities and organisations who are providing essential help to children and young people. Visit www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk for more information.