Hampshire County Council has agreed more than £845,000 of Children’s Services grant funding for projects and services, provided by independent voluntary organisations, to support vulnerable young people in 2018/19.
Services that help children develop emotional resilience, give support to victims of abuse or exploitation, and those who are questioning their gender identity or sexuality, as well as help for young mothers, are among the projects to receive one-off County Council funding. The total allocated funding includes £164,000 to support young carers across the county.
Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services at Hampshire County Council, said: “Supporting vulnerable children and families is a County Council priority, and one that Hampshire residents have told us should remain high on our agenda.
“We very much value the work of the voluntary sector in helping children and young people to overcome difficulties they are facing. I am very pleased that we are able to agree this funding, applied for by the voluntary groups, and support the projects in the coming financial year. These schemes will enable valuable, targeted support and specific interventions to be available right across the county, including on a one-to-one basis if needed, to young people up to 19 years of age.”
In total, 46 grants have been approved. Applications vary, with some from single organisations in a district, organisations seeking to provide services in more than one district, and national organisations applying for funding to provide services on a countywide basis. All applicants were required to demonstrate how they met the priorities of the Local Children’s Partnerships (district based) and the priorities set out in the Children and Young People’s plan.