South Yorkshire projects receive over £500,000 from Children in Need

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Projects across South Yorkshire have been awarded £555,741 from the BBC's Children in Need.

Shelter’s Intensive Family Support Service in Sheffield, Rotherham United's Community Sports Trust, Target Housing and Doncaster Community Arts are among those to have benefited.

Projects providing services to disadvantaged children and young people in the area have benefited from grants.

Shelter’s Intensive Family Support Service in Sheffield has been awarded a grant of £150,260 to work with children and young people who are experiencing difficulties and whose behaviour is putting them and their families at risk of homelessness.

Rotherham United's Community Sports Trust ha received £109,008 to provide outreach activities and training to children from deprived areas in Rotherham.

Youngsters will have sessions on healthy eating, physical activity, sexual health, mental health, self-harm, eating disorders and personal safety.

Target Housing in Rotherham has been allocated £45,182 to give children from deprived areas a safe place to play and learn life skills.

And Doncaster Community Arts has been awarded £84,351 to provide a creative project for youngsters with severe disabilities.

The project, which will run after school and during holidays, will be led by artists and will offer activities including animation, willow weaving, music technology, shadow puppets, drama and circus skills.

Sithule Moyo, rrainee funding development worker at Target Housing said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded with funding from BBC Children in Need, which will enable us to make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people here in Rotherham.”

Helen Jones, arts development manager for Doncaster Community Arts, added: “With this funding we’ll be able to provide disabled young people with opportunities to take part in creative activities that they may not normally get chance to. We’re over the moon to have been awarded with the grant and would like to say thank you to everyone that has made this possible.”

Isabel Farnell, BBC Children in Need's regional head of the north, said: “We are delighted to be supporting organisations such as these in South Yorkshire. Over the coming months, these projects will work with the young people in the county that need it most and make a tangible difference to their lives.”