Attleborough and south Norfolk groups celebrate funding boost

BBC Children in Need has boosted two south Norfolk groups

BBC Children in Need has boosted two south Norfolk groups - Credit: Archant

Two organisations working with vulnerable children and young people across Attleborough and south Norfolk are celebrating a £15,000 funding boost from BBC Children in Need

Attleborough's Club 99 has received £5,975 to run a five week summer holiday play scheme for more than 70 children and young people facing a range of challenges and difficulties that affect their confidence and access to opportunities.

Funding will help cover the cost of staff who can provide a safe and welcoming environment, where project participants can enjoy crafts, cookery lessons, sports, music and day trips.

All of the activities are carried out by trained staff and volunteers who can provide a range of support to help attendees cope better with situations that they experience outside of the club.

Elsewhere, Home-Start Breckland and South Norfolk, which is based in Besthorpe, has been granted £9,378 from BBC Children in Need to roll out the Big Hopes, Big Future project for under-fives living in an area of high deprivation.

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In the next year, funding will help cover the cost of staff, volunteer training, venue hire and materials to deliver the project aiming to get more than 50 children in south Norfolk and Breckland ready for school.

The staff and volunteers will be able to offer targeted, one to one sessions to help raise aspirations within the whole family and help children feel prepared to engage in education.

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Some of the activities include toilet training, eating and drinking unaided, establishing routines, playing and sharing with other children and coping with being away from parents or carers.

Natalie Spurdens, senior co-ordinator at Home-Start Breckland and South Norfolk, said: 'With this funding from BBC Children in Need we will be able to launch a programme that can provide pre-school children with the essential skills they will need to achieve in their education.

'In doing so, we can help ensure that their life chances are improved.'

BBC Children in Need funds two types of grants, both of which are open to new applicants.

A small grants programme includes grants up to and including £10,000, which supports projects for one year, while the main grants programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years.

Projects working with children and young people facing any kind of disadvantage can find out more on how to apply for funding at

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