01 Apr Triple Ts receive new funding
SAVS have recently received funding from BBC Children in Need to the total of £102,907. Over the next three years, the grant will fund the salary of two part-time staff, travel, materials, volunteers and other project costs to continue supporting children living on three of Southend’s Estates.
The project has 3 key aims:
- Improve the confidence of children
- Improve the well-being of children
- Build resilience of children against hidden harms
The Triple T’s Youth Project (Turning Tides Team) was established in 2011 for children aged between eight and 13 years of age from central Southend. The clubs help to inspire them and raise their aspirations through weekly sessions run by a Turning Tides Team Leader, along with a team of local volunteers, where youngsters are given the chance to try out new activities such as first aid, swimming, internet safety and more. Day trips to the local fire and police stations also allow club-goers to learn more about where they live, the club’s young participants benefit from activities aimed at broadening their horizons and achieving their fullest potential. Currently, there are weekly clubs on the Woodgrange Drive Estate, the Queensway Estate and Balmoral Rd area.
The Triple T clubs also include a club buddy scheme, which offers young people turning 13 years old who have successfully passed through the clubs the opportunity to support new joiners as they settle into the clubs’ activities. Club buddies
will also act as role models for existing club members. Clare Cannock, Regional Head of the South, BBC Children in Need commented: “At BBC Children in Need our goal is to improve the lives of children and young people right across the UK and its local projects like this that helps makes that happen. We can’t wait to see the funding in action.”
Anthony Quinn, SAVS Deputy CEO said, “Great news, the Triple T clubs will continue to make a big difference in the most disadvantaged areas of Southend. The clubs will provide a safe place for young people to experience positive activity; a place to belong. This will aid the young people to be more resilient and confident, therefore making better decisions when facing future challenges.”