Croydon groups awarded £35,000 by BBC Children in Need

The BBC’s Children in Need charity has announced that it has awarded grants totalling £35,302 to two local projects working with disadvantaged children and young people in Croydon.

The grants have been allocated through the charity’s Small Grants Programme.

The funding will enable projects to provide services to young people in the area and means that Children in Need has now donated more than £1.3million locally.

One project which has been awarded funding is South Norwood-based Apsara Arts.

Dancers from Apsara Arts performed at the Croydon Mela

It will use a one-year grant of £6,190 to provide art, speech and drama workshops for children and young people aged from five to 15. Funding will provide a place where children and young people can improve their communication skills, build confidence and connect with the local community.

Advice Support Knowledge Information – ASKI, based in Thornton Heath – has also benefited in this latest round, receiving a three-year grant of £29,112 to provide weekly drama and public speaking workshops for young people experiencing a range of barriers to inclusion.

Funding will help to improve young people’s social development and provide life skills which they can put to practice in other areas of their lives.

“We are so pleased to receive funding from BBC Children in Need,” said ASKI’s chair, Michelle Ford. “This means we can continue supporting children and young people across Croydon by promoting social inclusion and inspiring individuals by providing advice and guidance.”

BBC Children in Need’s chief executive, Simon Antrobus, said: “Thanks to our generous supporters, our Small Grants programme can and does make a significant and lasting impact on young lives. Each project will go on to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the heart of local communities up and down the UK, so thank you for making these grants possible.”

Across Croydon, BBC Children in Need is funding 20 projects to a value of £1,364,322.

BBC Children in Need awards grants at six points during the year and funds two types of grants, both of which are open to new or existing applicants. The Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years. The Small Grants Programme supports projects for up to three years and includes grants up to and including £10,000 per year. Both of these programmes are open to applications.

To date, the public has raised more than £1billion through Children In Need for children and young people facing disadvantage across the country.


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