Children in Need cash makes an impact on youth group

Some of the partygoers at the one-year celebration. From left: youth engagement officer, PC Karen Cairns, Samuel Clements, Heather Claffey, Phil Edwards, Rachel Renton, Lesley Renton, Alec Black and Jason Wagstaff.

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A Campbeltown group set up to help and support children and young people has been awarded a grant of £18,000 from BBC Children in Need.

Youth Impact will use the money to continue to provide a safe space where young people are able to have fun with friends and take part in activity sessions that help to develop their skills, confidence and self-esteem.

Lesley Renton, project manager at Youth Impact, said: ‘We’re so pleased to hear that we’ve been awarded with this funding from BBC Children in Need which will help to us deliver our Youth Impact project for the next three years.’

Florence Burke, national head of Scotland at BBC Children in Need, said: ‘We’re so pleased to have been able to award Youth Impact with this funding, which demonstrates how our grants continue to make a positive difference to local children and young people’s lives.’

Youth Impact is one of 10 projects across Argyll and Bute to receive funding from BBC Children in Need, worth more than £564,000 in total. These grants are possible thanks to the charity’s 2019 Appeal in November.

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: ‘During these exceptional times I am delighted to be awarding funding which will positively impact young lives when they need it most. An enormous thank you must go to our incredible supporters, without whom these grants simply wouldn’t be possible.’

In addition, BBC Children in Need has launched two dedicated COVID-19 response programmes, following The Big Night In appeal on April 23, which brought BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief together for the first time.

These new grant programmes have been developed in response to the current coronavirus crisis to support local charities and organisations across the UK who are providing essential help to children and young people in urgent need of support, and funding has already begun to be distributed.

For more information on these funding programmes please visit the BBC Children in Need website.