SAVE The Family’s pioneering support for the homeless has been boosted with a £76,942 BBC Children in Need grant.
The Chester charity will use the money to fund a dedicated youth worker over the next three years.
The worker will be based at Plas Bellin’s Joan Boswell Hall and allow the charity to extend its efforts to reach out to more homeless youths in the community and provide one-on-one mentoring and support.
The new worker will be vital to the organisation and provide a link with local schools and job and training opportunities.
The grant comes at a time when profound disadvantages through homelessness and its effect on childhood and future life chances are increased by the current global economic crisis.
Save the Family will be able to provide vulnerable young people with the support and confidence to stay in school, participate in after school clubs and develop friendships.
The charity’s chief executive Tim McLachlan said: “Save the Family is delighted and privileged to have been awarded this tremendous and generous grant from BBC Children in Need.
“It will help us to make a real long-term difference in children and young people’s lives.
“This grant will enable Save the Family to guarantee the support to young people affected by homelessness through educational and training confidence building activities and individual mentoring and encouragement.
“Thanks to this grant we’ll be able to ensure young people can make a positive contribution to local communities and take an active role in volunteering.
“Everyone at Save the Family sends a big thank you to Pudsey and BBC Children in Need.”