A project improving the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Huddersfield has been given a major boost.

Thornton Lodge Action Group has been awarded £9,348 by BBC Children in Need – and will use the funding to offer weekend educational opportunities to children and young people living in Kirklees, an area which faces high levels of deprivation.

The project will additionally deliver sport, music and drama to help children and young people to develop positive attitudes towards education, raise their career aspirations and increase their self-esteem and confidence.

Through it, children will also get to develop bonds and friendships with those of different ages, communities and cultures.

Thornton Lodge Action Group: Chairman Ibrar Hussain with colleagues Missvah Mahmood, Ravinder Sokhal, Salma Naheed, Zahrah Din, Sharien Hussain and Marie Leadbitter of WEA.
Thornton Lodge Action Group: Chairman Ibrar Hussain with colleagues Missvah Mahmood, Ravinder Sokhal, Salma Naheed, Zahrah Din, Sharien Hussain and Marie Leadbitter of WEA.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from BBC Children in Need”, said Ibrar Hussain, from the group.

“The children and young people we support live in one of the most deprived areas in Huddersfield so giving them the opportunity to partake in extra activities outside of school is invaluable to them, in helping to raise their aspirations and improve their development.”

Last November, people in the town raised thousands of pounds for the BBC charity appeal, which uses funds to improve young lives.

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BBC Children in Need now funds three projects across Huddersfield with more than £135,000, including Thornton Lodge Action Group, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Brackenhall and the Netherhall Learning Campus High School at Rawthorpe.

Elizabeth Myers, regional head of Children in Need in the north of England, said: “Thornton Lodge Action Group is a great example of one of our Small Grants in action.

“They can really demonstrate how relatively small sums of money can have a huge impact.”

Thornton Lodge Action Group Open Day at Thornton Lodge Community Centre - Jawayria Malik with henna tattoo.

Entries are now open to new applicants for the two types of grants from BBC Children in Need, whose mascot is Pudsey Bear.

A Small Grants Programme includes grants up to and including £10,000, which supports projects for one year, while the Main Grants Programme is for grants over £10,000 per year to support projects for up to three years.

Projects working with children and young people facing any kind of disadvantage should go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants for more information.