More than £97,000 has been donated to a project which works with disadvantaged children and young people in Scarborough and Ryedale by a national charity.
Children in Need has awarded a total of £97,774 to Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource which provide support, care advice and interactive activities for young carers in the region.
The funding will cover the cost of a Development and Activities worker who will develop an activities and training programme that will support young carers aged 8 to 18 years old.
The programme will give the children and young people the opportunity to have a break from their caring duties to take part in fun activities, they will also be encouraged and supported to complete qualifications and build life skills to help get them into further education and employment.
The donation is a result of the charity’s latest allocation of grants; this is the first of seven grant rounds across the year.
Elizabeth McPherson Chief Officer at Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource said of the new grant: “Here at Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource we understand how difficult it can be for young carers to keep up with school work and participate in many activities that children can often take for granted.
"Our programme gives them the opportunity to enjoy being a child in between their caring duties, so we are extremely happy to hear that BBC Children in Need have awarded us with a grant.”
The programme will enable the young people to socialise with others in similar situations and develop friendships, as well as increasing their confidence, their knowledge and skills.
Speaking of the new grant, Elizabeth Myers, BBC Children in Need Regional Head of the North said: “All of the projects that we fund make a tangible difference to young lives, and the addition of the Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource is no exception. In the months ahead they’ll work closely with some of the young people in North Yorkshire that need it most. To all our fundraisers who have made these grants possible, a very big thank you.”
BBC Children in Need's Chief Executive, David Ramsden added: “Put simply, these grants are made possible by our amazing supporters. Thank you, everybody should feel incredibly proud of the difference they are making to young lives.”
The news means that BBC Children in Need now funds three projects in Scarborough with nearly £155,000 hard at work to benefit local young lives.
BBC Children in Need awards 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 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.