East Dunbartonshire children to benefit from £9,900 grant from BBC charity

Guru Nanak Sikh Primary Academy
Guru Nanak Sikh Primary Academy

Youngsters in East Dunbartonshire who have suffered as a result of domestic abuse are to benefit from a £9,900 cash boost from BBC Children in Need.

The grant is being donated to Women’s Aid East Dunbartonshire and will be used to help furnish the bedrooms of children and young people moving to safe new homes.

By working closely with the young people involved, and getting their input into the design of the new room, Women’s Aid will help create a safe and comfortable environment at a time when it is needed most.

Claire Jolly from Women’s Aid said: “When families get their new tenancy, children and young people are further punished by domestic abuse as they leave their homes and possessions behind.

“During such a sensitive period, it’s so important to have that feeling of a safe home space. Having run this project since 2010 we’ve seen first-hand the huge impact it can make, so we’re delighted that BBC Children in Need has awarded funding for another year. I’d like to say a big thank you to all who’ve made it possible.”

The funding will pay for a range of items including paints and carpets, furniture and furnishings in the rooms, and professional labour.

The project has received funding from BBC Children in Need since 2010, with over £47,000 now invested by the charity. This latest grant means that the group can renovate the bedrooms of more than 30 local young people affected by domestic abuse.

BBC Children in Need now funds over 240 projects in Scotland with over £13 million hard at work to benefit young lives in the country. The charity awards grants at seven points during the year, with more funding to be pledged to projects across the UK throughout 2016.

Mary Duffy, National Head of Scotland for BBC Children in Need added: “The work from Women’s Aid East Dunbartonshire is a great example of one of our small grants in action.

“These grants include anything up to £10,000 across one year and can really demonstrate how relatively small sums of money can have a huge impact. While demand for funding is high, we’re always looking for quality applications for our Small Grants programme. Get in touch if you work with disadvantaged young people and think you’re organisation could benefit.”

BBC Children in Need’s Chief Executive, David Ramsden, said: “These grants are all made possible by the amazing work of our supporters. Whether you’ve dressed up, baked cakes or thrown yourself into a sponsored challenge, every penny raised really helps make a difference to young lives. Thank you all.”

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 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, every penny goes towards supporting projects right here in the UK.