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The Children’s Foundation Regional Small Grants programme supports community projects that benefit children and young people in the North East area, in line with our aims and objectives. Grants awarded are up to a maximum of £1,000.
Our March 2019 Regional Small Grants was a Mental Health round which aimed to recognise the achievements of groups who are working to improve understanding, awareness, service provision and the general mental health of our children.
Applications were welcomed for projects that were particularly creative, innovative and that connected well with mental health. We also encouraged applications that would benefit young people and the broader community by giving young people the opportunity to develop skills they can use throughout their lives, such as leadership and decision making skills, working collaboratively and developing creative ideas.
This Regional Small Grants round recognised excellence and/or innovation in programmes, projects or initiatives that have focused their efforts within promotion of mental wellbeing or early intervention to prevent mental ill-health.
Happy Faces Prudhoe were awarded £1,000 to deliver their Happy Faces Youth Club from September to December 2019.
The youth club runs in Prudhoe for children from the local area who have a learning or physical disability to attend, as well as their siblings. The project works to provide normality for children who may struggle in mainstream education to make and maintain friendships.
The grant will secure the hall comfortably until Christmas and allow for a room to be hired for parents to socialise next door to the children and allow for supplies for craft sessions, which are very popular. Some of the planned sessions help build on social skills and help the children integrate into society, for example sessions on healthy eating, friendships and money management.
Live Well North East were awarded £1,000 for their Resilience Bootcamp.
The project will help Year 7 pupils transition into secondary school. This period can be an overwhelming time; the project aims to tackle this head on and provide early intervention by supporting young people with their physical and emotional wellbeing, teaching them vital skills.
Resilience Bootcamp offers a mixture of physical exercise and group based workshops exploring emotional health and wellbeing, supporting young people to learn about themselves, their emotions and learn techniques and strategies on how to deal with those emotions, build confidence, resilience and positive self esteem. The project even made the news!
Click here to find out more about applying for a Regional Small Grant.