Charity’s £75k cash boost will help new project

Youngsters at North Tyneside Disability Forum celebrate their Children in Need cash with Pudsey Bear.

Youngsters at North Tyneside Disability Forum celebrate their Children in Need cash with Pudsey Bear.

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A charity is celebrating after receiving more than £75,000 for a new project.

North Tyneside Disability Forum has been awarded £75,529 from the BBC Children in Need project for their new Voice, Choice and Action project over the next three years.

We are delighted at the three-year commitment by Children in Need

Sue Adams, chief officer

The funds will help employ two workers to support disabled children and young people under the age of 18.

The new project will start on May 1 at the forum’s base at the Shiremoor Centre and will provide three evening sessions and a Saturday session.

The project encourages decision making, increases communication skills and brings together disabled and able bodied children and young people in planning events, leading on activities and learning new things.

Sue Adams, chief officer, said: “This support comes at a time when resources in North Tyneside are limited and when informal opportunities to these groups are not as easily available as they might be.”

“We are delighted at the three-year commitment by Children in Need and we are looking forward to working with regional adviser John Higgins and Pudsey Bear, on this new project.”