Boost for Suffolk youngsters

MORE than £200,000 worth of funding is coming to Suffolk's children and young people.The money has been awarded to Suffolk ACRE and is the first round of Local Network Fund grants for disadvantaged children and young people aged under-19 in Suffolk.

MORE than £200,000 worth of funding is coming to Suffolk's children and young people.

The money has been awarded to Suffolk ACRE and is the first round of Local Network Fund grants for disadvantaged children and young people aged under-19 in Suffolk.

A total of £84,331 has already been awarded – but there is another £118,000 still to be distributed this financial year and the charity is asking for applications to receive a share of the rest of the money.

Recipients of the fund are so far are have been spread around the county, with plenty of money coming into the Ipswich, Stowmarket and Felixstowe areas.

Suffolk School for Parents, a pre-school group for children with cerebral palsy has received £2,306 to develop a new session for younger children and babies in the Ipswich area.

Stowmarket and Area Opportunity Group , a pre-school group for children with special needs has received £7,000 towards a new session called 'playground prepared' which will be an extra session for special needs children.

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Meanwhile Greenwich Youth Group has scooped £7,000 to develop a youth project for socially excluded young people aged between 11 and 16 in Ipswich.

The remaining £118,000 will be share around local community groups.

If you know of an organised group of young people or parents and you need between £250 and £7,000 to organise or run an activity for disadvantaged children or young people aged under-19 then the Local Network Fund may be able to help you.

The fund is available to group/organisations across the whole of Suffolk who are charitable or non-profit making.

n For more information about the Local Network Fund or to apply for a share of the grant money, contact Christine Abraham programme manager at Suffolk Acre on 01473 242532.

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