THREE GROUPS BOOSTED BY GRANTS TO HELP DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

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THREE groups who work with disadvantaged children and young people in the borough have been given a total of £45,936 by BBC Children in Need. Embrace Wigan and Leigh, Serenity for Kids CIC and Wigan Athletic FC Community Trust will be able to deliver projects from the funds which have come from the charity’s small grants programme.

Embrace Wigan and Leigh has been handed £6,360 to hold evening activity sessions to children and young people of all abilities in the borough. The project will carry out the Adventure Service Challenge (ASC), a nationally recognised scheme, to young people over 16 weeks which will teach them about road safety, hazard awareness and first aid as well as other topics.

Serenity for Kids C.I.C has been awarded £9,600 to carry out yoga, meditation and mindfulness sessions to children and young people who are on the autistic spectrum. The sessions, which will take place in structured routine, will allow young people to learn breathing strategies, movement to singing and music, dance and yoga poses. Relaxation meditation and techniques will also be covered.

Wigan Athletic FC Community Trust has been given £29,976 over three years to provide active sessions to pre-school children living in a deprived area of Wigan