Children in Need award Hampshire groups with funding

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IN ITS first funding round of 2017, a charity has announced new grants totalling £201,300 for two projects in Hampshire.

BBC Children in Need will award £119,423 to the Havant-based Southern Domestic Abuse Service, to support its work with children and young people living across three refuges.

In the next three years, the money will help fund two part-time support workers, play workers, equipment and activities, to socially engage children whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.

The workers provide practical assistance, ensuring that children are registered at school and with local health services, and more.

They also provide structured and free play sessions and activities during the school holidays to give children a chance to interact with others in a similar situation.

BBC Children in Need’s chief executive Simon Antrobus said: ‘These grants ensure children and young people facing a range of disadvantages including abuse, isolation, and homelessness are safe, happy and secure and able to reach their potential.’

The Wheatsheaf Trust, Southampton, has been awarded £81,877 to help fund an intensive mentoring project.