Skipton children’s charity SELFA has received a grant of £198,250 from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The grant from the Reaching Communities programme will help the charity to work with 200 vulnerable, disadvantaged and disabled young people aged 4-19 years over the next three years.
SELFA Leaders will support children and young people to have more independence, feel less socially isolated and increase their confidence. The project will support volunteering on local projects, running community night cafes and putting on music and drama performances as well as a range of activities including paintballing, trampolining, pony trekking and lots more to be decided by the young people themselves.
All the children live or go to school in Craven.
Emma Pears, Chief Executive of SELFA, said:
“We are thrilled to receive this money. It is a great vote of confidence in SELFA and terrific boost for children and young people in Craven.”
James Harcourt, England Grant Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said:
“This project puts young people at the heart of designing and delivering their own activities. We are delighted to be supporting SELFA with money raised by National Lottery players.”