Barra Children’s Centre (BCC) have announced that BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant of £3,442 over one year.
This grant will fund BCC’s Youth Club and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Barra and Vatersay.
This grant has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the public. £31.1 million was raised on Appeal night 2013 and BBC Children in Need have since announced that this total has risen to a record breaking £49.6 million.
Barra Children’s Centre is a community organisation delivering services and facilities to children aged 0-12 on the remote islands of Barra and Vatersay in the Western Isles.
The Youth Club sessions run every Friday during term time from November to the Easter holidays each year enabling local primary age children to socialise with their peers, play and keep active when the Hebridean weather and dark evenings prevent them from playing outdoors.
Thanks to support from BBC Children in Need, BCC will now be able to employ three sessional youth workers and provide subsidised bus transport to ensure that children from all over Barra and Vatersay can access Youth Club sessions.
The funding will also pay for a Wii games console and games at the request of children who attended sessions last year.
Abigail Treffry, Development Manager at Barra Children’s Centre said: “BBC Children in Need began supporting Youth Club in 2013 and we certainly couldn’t run the club without their support.
“Youth Club sessions last year were attended by 95% of children aged 5-12 in our community. Many of those travel to sessions using our chartered bus service which we could no longer afford to run when a local authority transport subsidy was cut.
“Thankfully, BBC Children in Need stepped in and ensured that we could continue to deliver and improve Youth Club sessions.”
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.