You're in Control

You’re in Control awarded £80,522 by BBC Children in Need

Home-Start in East Ipswich is celebrating being awarded an £80,522 grant by BBC Children In Need.

The generous three-year grant will be used to fund the You’re In Control project, a new initiative which is set to support children and young people in Ipswich.

You’re in Control targets those between seven and 12 years of age, together with their families, and provides one-to-one volunteers who help deliver emotional and practical support to boost a young person’s self-esteem.

It is the first direct service that Home-Start has provided to children and young people in Ipswich, and the need was identified as a result of increased referrals, specifically requesting such support.

Tara Somers Manager of Home-Start, said: “Without the support of Children in Need we would have really struggled to get this much needed project underway.

“This grant allows us to reach out to young people, by funding a youth co-ordinator who will then be responsible for recruiting and training volunteers. These volunteers will provide direct support to children and young people in Ipswich.”

The grant itself has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the public.

A total of £32.6 million was raised on Appeal night 2014 and BBC Children in Need have since announced that this total has risen to a record breaking £49.1 million. 

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal.  Whether it’s cake sales, spending the day in fancy dress or putting on a quiz, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.