Two Northamptonshire charity projects have been awarded more than £100,000 of BBC Children in Need funding.
In its latest grant round, the Teamwork Trust - which has Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough bases - has received £59,753.
This will support young people attending specialist schools in the area to have more information and better understanding of choices in their transition from education, to help them meet their aspirations for their future in both training and employment.
The aims are to increase opportunity, increase confidence as well as self-esteem, and increase independence and employability.
John Bruce, strategic director at Teamwork Trust, said: “We are delighted to have this support from BBC Children in Need, as young people face many challenges as they transition to adulthood, this project will help them make choices by offering information and progression pathways including employability training.
“We will be recruiting a part time Transitions Officer to work with these vulnerable young people, their carers and teachers over the next three years.”
Aspirations Wellbeing, which runs Splash Pool and the Pemberton Centre in Rushden and Thrapston’s Nene Centre, has also received a grant to the value of £64,981.
This will be used to support a project to provide summer activity sessions for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities in the East Northants area.
Project activities coordinator Jackie Ackroyd said: “We are delighted to have this support from BBC Children in Need.
“It’s these fun activities and trips that will improve confidence, develop life skills, reduce isolation and develop new friendships for local young people.”
Melinda Connelly, regional head of central England for BBC Children in Need, said: “It’s always extremely gratifying to award funding to projects such as these in Northamptonshire, that make a tangible difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.
“In the coming months these projects will work with young people in the area who need it most, which without the help of our fundraisers wouldn’t be possible.
“A big thank you to everyone who has fundraised or donated.”
The new funding means that the charity now funds 19 projects in Northamptonshire and has more than £1m invested in the county.