Charity for empowering disabled teenagers in Bexley gets £74,000 funding boost

PUBLISHED: 12:51 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:51 20 March 2017

Advocacy for All has received funding for the next three years for Children in Need

Advocacy for All has received funding for the next three years for Children in Need

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The money has been donated by Children in Need

Disabled youngsters getting support in the borough have received a boost this week.

BBC Children in Need has donated more than £74,000 to Advocacy for All, to be spent over the next three years.

The project works with 10 to 18-year-olds providing one-to-one and group support on a variety of issues, including choosing further education and talking about problems at home and/or school.

Through talking, the charity aims to empower youngsters into making their own decisions and finding their own voice.

Jon Wheeler, CEO at the charity, explained the importance of the grant: “The new funds will enable us to give disabled young people an opportunity to speak up, discuss their concerns and issues, make friends, build their confidence and self-esteem and ultimately feel like part of their local community as other young people do.”

Elsewhere in the borough, Bexley Women’s Aid is receiving £96,216 over the next three years to help provide a children and family support service.

The project is helping children and young people to increase confidence and self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and improve family relationships.

Speaking of the new grants, Katie Higginson, BBC Children in Need regional head said: “We are so pleased to be awarding more grants to projects that will make a difference to disadvantaged children and young people in Bexley.

“In the last year we have helped improve the lives of over 78,000 children and young people in London and the south east and we are currently supporting 551 projects making an impact on disadvantaged young lives across the region. Thank you to our fundraisers whose continued support makes this all possible.”

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