Children in Need cash will help struggling youngsters reach out
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.