Investing in services for children and young people in east Hampshire
Monday, 08 October 2012
Organisations in east Hampshire running a range of services for children and young people including support for young carers and child care have been given a cash boost of £17,070, thanks to grants from Hampshire County Council. More than £10,000 of the funding will be used to provide 26 new pre-school places in East Hants and a further 16 in East Meon.
The grants are part of £200,000 awarded to projects countywide agreed by Councillor Roy Perry, Hampshire County Council's Executive Lead Member for Children's Services at his recent decision day. The grants, for a range of services across the county, have been made from three funding streams: Children's Services Integrated Grants, Youth Support Services Grants and the New and expanding Places and Sustainability Grants for Services for Young Children.
The recipients in East Hampshire are:
- Community First, £3,300 for Youthfirst an anger management project
- The Kings arms Youth project, £3,270 for a junior young carers project
- Pre-school places in East Hants, £7,000
- 16 day care places in East Meon,
More than £46,000 has also been awarded to organisations working with children and young people in a range of countywide projects. Those projects are:
- Youth Options, £12,535 for post adoption support
- Wessex Children's Hospice, £5,000 to provide activities and support to children whose siblings have life limiting illnesses
- Southampton Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Counselling Services, £14,206, to help fund a young people's counselling programme in Hampshire
- Family Lives, £5,934 to help provide a family support programme in Hampshire
- Andover and District Mencap, £8,722 to help an activity club for young people with learning disabilities and a Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
Maintaining support to make a real difference
Commenting Councillor Perry said:
"I am pleased that we are maintaining high levels of support to the voluntary sector to provide a range of services for children and young people.
"These grants will enable the voluntary sector to continue to develop a range of services, support, and recreational opportunities across the county to meet the needs of children, young people and their families.
"The recipients of these grants have all demonstrated that their projects make a real difference to the lives of children and young people."
"As part of the County Council's statutory role to ensure sufficient early years education provision is available in Hampshire I am pleased to agree the grants to providers to support the development and sustainability of places within pre-school and day care provision."