Chil­dren in Need cash will help strug­gling young­sters reach out

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

BBC CHIL­DREN in Need has awarded more than £18,800 in new fund­ing to be split be­tween two Bucks-based or­gan­i­sa­tions to of­fer sup­port for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and young peo­ple.

Ground­work South will run sup­port ses­sions for learn­ing dis­abled chil­dren and their sib­lings.

Tak­ing place at the Iver En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre in South Buck­ing­hamshire the project will pro­vide fun and en­gag­ing out­door ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing gar­den­ing, out­door play and bush crafts.

The chil­dren and young peo­ple will also be of­fered ther­a­peu­tic sup­port ses­sions while project work­ers will pro­vide train­ing and sup­port ses­sions for their par­ents.

The se­cond re­cip­i­ent of the new fund­ing is Buck­ing­hamshire Mind which will use a grant of nearly £10,000 to es­tab­lish a peer-led youth be­friend­ing pro­gramme, sup­port­ing young peo­ple with men­tal health chal­lenges.

The project will fa­cil­i­tate a friend­ship pro­gramme be­tween young vol­un­teers and 13–15-year-olds deal­ing with men­tal health chal­lenges in Buck­ing­hamshire. The pro­gramme will aim to re­duce young peo­ples’ feel­ings of lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion by en­cour­ag­ing them to prob­lems vol­un­teers.

De­bra Frankiewicz, cen­tre man­ager for Iver En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre, said: “This a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal chil­dren with spe­cial needs to be able to in­ter­act with their fam­ily as well as na­ture and do out­door ac­tiv­i­ties they wouldn’t nor­mally do to­gether. It will be a big con­fi­dence boost for the chil­dren and par­ents to share with their the have this ex­pe­ri­ence and then be able to do th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties by them­selves.”

Teresa Doyle at Buck­ing­hamshire Mind said: “We’ve found many of the chil­dren and young peo­ple with men­tal health chal­lenges that we work with have a fear of the stigma at­tached to men­tal health chal­lenges which can pre­vent them from ac­cess­ing the help they need and this can lead to iso­la­tion. With BBC Chil­dren in Need fund­ing we’ll be able to of­fer a be­friend­ing pro­gramme that will en­sure they re­ceive sup­port, a sense of be­long­ing and ul­ti­mately hold on to the hope of one day feel­ing bet­ter.”

Kerry Luker, re­gional head of Lon­don and the South East for BBC Chil­dren in Need said: “Th­ese projects are a great ex­am­ple of one of our small grants in ac­tion.

“We’re cur­rently looking for ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing from or­gan­i­sa­tions in Buck­ing­hamshire. Those that are able to demon­strate how they make a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple, un­der the age of 18 can find out how to ap­ply for a BBC Chil­dren in Need grant via the web­site.”

BBC Chil­dren in Need now funds 12 projects in Buck­ing­hamshire to­talling £602,000.

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