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BBC Children in Need provide funding for Bethany Project in Leicester, 2016

BBC Children in Need provide funding for Bethany Project in Leicester, 2016

The Bethany Project in Leicester has been awarded £69,000 to continue its work supporting mums and their children from across Leicestershire.

The scheme which is owned and managed by Adullam Homes Housing Association provides accommodation for up to 12 young and vulnerable families at any time. The BBC Children in Need grant provides funding for a new Family Intervention Worker, to support the young families and help reduce the number of children placed on the At Risk Register, of which there are over 50,000 across the UK.

The service is anticipated to help more than 60 children have a better start to their lives and improve their health, education, social and emotional development, by creating a stable caring environment.  The young mums will also benefit from assistance in developing their parenting skills, with a host of other opportunities from accredited training courses and new business, start up advice to healthy eating cookery sessions.

Trevor Palfreyman, Chief Executive of Adullam Homes Housing Association said “We knew the service had made such a positive difference to the young children and their parents for nearly 20 years and were shocked to see the funding  being cut.

“Adullam Homes is committed to finding ways of continuing this service and is extremely grateful to BBC Children in Need for recognising the value of the projects work and the funding of this new post, which will help secure the Bethany Projects future.

This in an important step in providing better outcomes for these children and young families and preventing future, more expensive interventions .”

Angela Clarke, Bethany Scheme Manager, stated “The value of having this new Family Intervention Worker, will be providing more support and assistance to the families at a time when they need it most. This worker will help to inform and guide important decisions for the family and help the children get a more settled start to their lives.” 

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal.  Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.