THE Old Needle Works Foundation in Redditch has been awarded £92,984 over three years by BBC Children in Need.
This grant will fund their BENS Groups – (Bond, Enrich, Nurture and Support) – and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in Redditch.
The cash will be funneled to out of school groups for children and young people who need additional opportunities to develop communication skills, social skills, friendships and learning opportunities.
The BENS groups teach the youngsters to manage stress and anxiety, as well as stretching their comfort zone so they are working on vital skills for their future rather than being overwhelmed by strong emotions.
The aim is to build resilience so the children can achieve and succeed in their learning, thus breaking the cycle of low educational achievement.
Elaine Grant, chief executive at The Old Needle Works Foundation said; “We could not reach out to the young people in Redditch without the support of BBC Children in Need.
“This grant will go on to change the lives of so many young people and give them the support they need.”
BBC Children in Need relies on the generosity and creativity of the thousands of supporters and fundraisers who raise millions of pounds for the charity every year. To date the British public has raised more than £1billion for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK.