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BBC Children in Need awards £188,000 in new funding to Solihull charities

Sarah Mason 15th Aug, 2017

CHILDREN and organisations across the borough are celebrating after being handed more than £180,000 from Children In Need.

Solihull Action, Kingshurst Caterpillars Playgroup and Entraide have been handed £188,707 from Children in Needs’ Main Grants programme to support disadvantaged children and young people across the borough.

BBC Children in Need’s Main Grants programme is used to award grants of more than £10,000 a year to support projects for up to three years.

Solihull Action through Advocacy has been awarded a three-year grant of £61,826 to provide one-to-one and group sessions for learning disabled young people.

The sessions aim to support the young people to develop leadership and decision making skills, whilst increasing their well-being and aspirations for the future.

Rebecca Fellows, Transition Advocate at Solihull Action through Advocacy, said: “A huge thank you to BBC Children in Need for their support, thanks to this funding young people will feel empowered and listened to as they transition to adulthood.

“Their thoughts, wishes and feeling will be heard and understood; something simple that goes on to make an enormous difference to their lives.”

Kingshurst Caterpillars Playgroup has been handed a three-year grant of £49,250 to provide playgroup sessions for two-four year olds in Solihull.

Through supported play the project aims to guide the children to gain in confidence and learn essential speech, language and life skills for the future.

Also benefitting in this latest round is Entraide (Mutual Aid), which will receive £77,631 over three years so it can to provide a homework club, as well as activities and trips, for refugee and asylum seeking children and young people.

The project aims to increase the young people’s confidence, reduce their feelings of isolation and improve their educational attainment for the future.

Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need Regional Head of the Central Region said: “We are delighted to be announcing additional funding in Solihull.

“All of our funding goes on to positively impact the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, and recently awarded projects really will go on to change young lives in the area.“

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