Cash boost to Hampshire services for vulnerable children

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SUPPORT for vulnerable children and families has been given a boost thanks to grants from Hampshire County Council worth more than £272,000.

Schemes benefiting from the cash injection include counselling projects, children and families affected by autism, and support groups for young people who have suffered domestic abuse.

After-school activity groups for children in areas of deprivation and early years support for vulnerable young children have also been given cash.

Among them are Motiv8 South based in Gosport which will get £12,000, Relate across Havant, Fareham and Gosport, which will share £25,818, Moving On in Fareham and Gosport (£19,000), Fareham and Gosport Family Aid (£14,268), Kids in Gosport and Fareham (£12,500) and Y services in Fareham and Gosport (£12,278).

Cllr Roy Perry, the county’s lead member for children’s services, who approved the funding, said: ‘I am pleased that despite the severe financial challenges the children’s services department has faced this year we have been able to maintain our support to the voluntary sector. The organisations who have received funding in this second round of grants provide a range of high quality support to children, young people and their families.

‘This is very much in the spirit of the government’s Big Society and the grants will ensure the organisations can strengthen and sustain their existing provision.’