Children's charity given £38k for holiday play scheme

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 August 2019

Becca Young, Liz Smith and Jo Kingscott outside Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group.     Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Becca Young, Liz Smith and Jo Kingscott outside Clevedon Springboard Opportunity Group. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A charity which supports children with special educational needs is celebrating after being given £38,000 from BBC Children in Need.

Springboard Opportunity Group has been awarded a three-year grant which will be used to provide holiday play schemes for disabled children aged five and under, and their siblings.

The charity - which is based in Clevedon but helps children from across North Somerset - is thrilled to have been chosen.

Joanne Harris, chief executive of Springboard Opportunity Group, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded funding once again from BBC Children in Need.

"We can't wait to put the funds to work and continue to support families and young children in the local area."

The grant has been allocated through the charity's Main Grants Programme.

It is the first grant of its kind after BBC Children in Need raised £58million through its 2018 appeal.

The charity stressed it is down to efforts of generous members of the public who put on fundraising events and challenges in aid of the cause.

Speaking of the new grants, Richard King, BBC Children in Need regional officer, said: "We are committed to supporting projects that will go on to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.

"It is projects like this that continue to be a positive influence on the community and provide a positive environment for young people."

Springboard will use the money to provide a space where families of children with additional needs can meet other parents with similar experiences and also improve the social skills and development of young children.

The charity supports children from birth to five years with additional needs and disabilities, and their families.

It runs specialist play and learning sessions in Clevedon and Weston as well as weekly stay and play groups and an inclusion family support service.

The charity was set up by a small group of parents in 1986 who desperately needed additional support.

Springboard has worked with thousands of children and their families and provides a vital service for 100 youngsters every week.

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