Peterborough women’s project given funding boost from Children in Need

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A Peterborough women’s charity has been given a major funding boost to help youngsters affected by domestic violence.

In its first funding round of 2017, BBC Children in Need has awarded £83,874 to Woman’s Aid Peterborough. The funding announcement has been made on International Women’s Day.

Women’s Aid Peterborough has been awarded the three-year grant of £83,874 to support children and young people who have fled their homes due to domestic violence. Through child-focused activities led by a children’s worker; including play sessions, individual work and family workshops, the project aims to increase the children and young people’s confidence, improve family relationships and help the young people develop in resilience.

Tracy Foster, Service Manager at Women’s Aid Peterborough said of the funding: “This funding will provide a much needed children’s worker who will play an essential role with children and young people whilst they are with us.

“The children’s worker will provide play sessions with activities to raise emotional well-being of the children. When children arrive at the refuge they are at a time of crisis and having someone who can give reassurance and guidance really will go on to make an enormous difference. Thank you.”

Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need Regional Head of the Central Region said: “We are delighted to be announcing the first allocation of funding for 2017. All of the projects we fund work to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, and projects like Woman’s Aid Peterborough really will go on to change young lives in the area.”

BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, Simon Antrobus added: “Having just joined the Charity I have already seen the tremendous difference that our funding makes. These grants ensure children and young people from all across the UK that are facing a range of disadvantages including abuse, isolation, bereavement and homelessness are safe, happy and secure and able to reach their potential. To all of our fundraisers who make it all possible, thank you!”

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. Projects working children and young people facing any kind of disadvantage can find out more on how to apply for funding at bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants.

BBC Children in Need relies on the support and creativity of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time, money and energy to help raise millions for the Charity. 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.