26th Oct, 2020

Droitwich schools, charities and community groups urged to apply for share of £20k social mobility cash

SCHOOLS, charities and community organisations across Droitwich are being urged to apply for their share of £20,000 worth of grants aimed at supporting the most disadvantaged children and families in the area.

The Social Mobility Grant Scheme, run by Wychavon District Council, is aimed at young people eligible for free school meals (FSM) and the cash will be used to provide positive activities and wrap-around care services, as well as projects to improve pupil confidence and mental wellbeing.

Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available and successful applicants must ensure the projects do not stigmatise or isolate individuals or groups of children or students.

Applications will be open until February 1 to schools, voluntary and community sector organisations and early years settings.

They can also pay for small capital projects or revenue schemes.

According to the ‘State of the Nation 2017 – Social Mobility in Great Britain’, Wychavon district was ranked fifth worst in the country for early years social mobility.

The grants scheme was launched to address those issues and find new ways to help hard-pressed families and children.

Coun Christopher Day, Wychavon District Council’s portfolio holder for housing, health and wellbeing, said the scheme was a great way to improve the lives of FSM eligible children and their families, as well as closing the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers.

“We are encouraging schools, early years settings, community organisations and others to apply.”

Applications must be made online at www.wychavon.gov.uk/socialmobility where people can find out more information and fill out an application form.

Call Leonie Silk on 01386 565569 or email her at leonie.silk@wychavon.gov.uk for more information.

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