25 June 2020

YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire has been awarded funding from BBC Children in Need to support disadvantaged children and young people locally.

Today, (Monday 22 June), BBC Children in Need has announced that it has awarded funding totalling £119,731 to YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire, part of YMCA Heart of EnglandThe funding award – made possible following BBC Children in Need’s 2019 Appeal in November – will support the delivery of vital services to young people in the area and means that the charity now has more than £1.3 million invested locally.  

YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire’s three-year grant of £119,731 will support the delivery of an open-access youth provision – DEN’ – to support disadvantaged children and young people facing poverty and deprivation locally. The DEN’ programme, which operates across the Willenhall, Foleshill and Stoke Aldermoor estates, aims to improve the young people’s mental well-being whilst supporting their development and skillsets for a positive future.

Paulina Colomby, Area Director at YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire, commented on the allocation, saying: “We are enormously grateful to BBC Children in Need for their support, which really will positively impact young lives locally.  All the young people we support live in high-deprivation, isolated communities in Coventry, and grow up facing complex issues, but this grant will allow us to provide hope and support for the future. Thank you, BBC Children in Need.”

Speaking of the award, Melinda Connelly, BBC Children in Need Regional Head of the Central Region said: “All of the projects that we fund make a tangible difference to young lives when they need it most, and this new addition is no exception. During these unprecedented times, where many of our projects are having to adapt and find new ways of supporting children and young people in need of help, we are more grateful than ever for the generosity shown by our supporters, who made this funding award possible. Thank you all.”

Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “During these exceptional times I am delighted to be awarding funding which will positively impact young lives when they need it most.  An enormous thank you must go to our incredible supporters, without whom grants like this simply wouldn’t be possible.”

Across Coventry BBC Children in Need is currently funding 19 projects to a value of £1.3 million.