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Bromley charity receives £92,000 Children in Need cash boost

PUBLISHED: 14:24 22 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:24 22 February 2016

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Bromley Women’s Aid works with children who have escaped domestic violence

A Bromley charity that works with children who have escaped domestic violence has received a cash boost of over £92,000 from BBC Children in Need.

The total grant of £92,345 will pay the wages of two play and support workers at Bromley Women’s Aid, who over a three year period will work directly with over 400 young people across the charity’s seven local refuges.

Providing a range of individual and group activities to suit each child’s needs, they will run sessions including creative play, arts and crafts, cookery, reading and creative writing, encouraging children to express their feelings through art.

In addition, the group will offer trips and outings as well as after-school clubs which will focus on homework and school attainment, positive relationships and healthy living.

The group will work to rebuild confidence amongst children and contribute towards healthy development, while managing and limiting negative outcomes from the period of violence.

It will also have a positive impact on the lives of mothers and encourage healthy relationships.

BBC Children in Need now supports five projects working in Bromley, with over £228,000 hard at work in the area to benefit young lives.

Constanze Sen, CEO for Bromley Women’s Aid, said: “Domestic violence can have a huge impact on children, with many of the young people we meet show difficulty communicating, or even being unable to play or have fun with peers.

“Thanks to this funding though, we can continue our support worker posts to help make a real difference to these young lives.”

Kerry Luker, Regional Head of London and the south east for BBC Children in Need, added: “At BBC Children in Need we fund projects making a tangible difference to young lives.

“In the months ahead Bromley Women’s Aid will work closely with some of the young people in the area that need it most.

“To all our fundraisers who have made these grants possible, a very big thank you.”

BBC Children in Need’s chief executive, David Ramsden added: “Put simply, these grants are made possible by our amazing supporters.

“Thank you, everybody should feel incredibly proud of the difference they are making to young lives.”

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