Church celebrates BBC grant for youth worker
Oak Grove Trust
, a church-based community project in Catton Grove, Norwich
, has been awarded £89,274 to fund a youth worker over the next three years by the BBC Children in Need Appeal
.Oak Grove Chapel
community worker Darren Woodward
said: "We're really chuffed. This is the third bid we have put in and the first time we have been successful."
The youth worker will work with children in the 11-14 age group, which the project has not previously been able to work with.
"It's disappointing to see 100 kids that we've been working with disappear every year, but this will mean we will still have contact with them."
Oak Grove is among hundreds of projects helping disadvantaged children and young people to benefit from the £15m in grants from the appeal, £2m of which has been awarded to projects in the Midlands and East of England.
Last November's BBC Children in Need appeal night raised £18.3m, and since then the appeal has received additional donations from across the UK. The charity has received thousands of applications for funding which are rigorously assessed and processed.
The 792 projects finally selected all work with youngsters who are affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have encountered serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.
The grants are targeted at the areas of greatest need and are allocated geographically to ensure that all areas of the UK receive a share. Nationally, the average amount awarded to a project is £19,916, with grants ranging in size from £350 £344,570.
David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: "Once again we are delighted by the vast amount of money we can distribute. Every single grant will make a positive difference and this is entirely thanks to the fundraising efforts and generous donations of the UK public."
Pictured above are youngsters at Oak Grove Chapel celebrating the BBC Children in Need grant for a youth worker.