Projects will use the funding to support children and young people living in areas of deprivation in Cardiff
BBC Children in Need has committed a total of £19,913 in new funding to two local groups working with disadvantaged children and young people across Cardiff. This latest boost from the Charity’s small grants programme brings the total invested locally to more than £1.5 million.
Recipients of the funding include Pentrebane Zone which has received a grant of £10,000 to provide a woodwork-based activity programme for children and young people living in areas of deprivation in Cardiff. Through regular scooter and bmx ramp building sessions, alongside cookery and craft activities, the children and young people will feel more confident and engaged with their community whilst improving their life skills.
Mr Ronnie Burford, Chair Person at Pentrebane Zone, said; “This new funding from BBC Children in Need will allow us to run an engaging woodwork based project in Cardiff twice weekly for local children and young people living in areas of deprivation. Over the next year this project will help 200 children and young people to develop self-belief, self-esteem and life skills such as problem solving, conflict resolution and communication.”
Elsewhere, Seren in the Community has received £9,913 to provide free play sessions for children and young people living in areas of deprivation in Cardiff. Delivered from the Splott Play Centre, sessions will encourage the five – 15 year olds to play individually or as a group helping to increase their confidence and build more positive relationships whilst improving their physical health.
Ms Lydia Cook, Trustee at Seren in the Community, said; “Thanks to our new grant from BBC Children in Need we will be able to provide an environment to encourage youngsters to solve problems, creatively express themselves and learn through exploration. The children will be free to follow their instincts, ideas and interests in order to reach their full potential.”
Speaking of the new grants, Jemma Wray, BBC Children in Need National Head of Wales, said; “In the coming months, these projects will be working hard to help disadvantaged children and young people in Cardiff, overcome the challenges they face in their young lives. All thanks to our supporters who donate their time, money and energy to help raise money for the Charity and make this all possible.
Applications for our upcoming grant rounds are open to new or existing applicants. Those who believe their project could help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Wales can find out how to apply for funding via bbc.co.uk/pudsey.”
BBC Children in Need awards grants at seven points during the year and funds two types of grants, both of which are open to new or existing applicants. A Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. Meanwhile, a Small Grants Programme includes grants up to and including £10,000, and has been refreshed to support projects for up to three years.
BBC Children in Need relies on the support and creativity of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK. Whether raised by baking cakes, going on rambles, putting on quizzes or taking part in dress up days, all the money raised helps make a difference.