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Council considers £350,000 lottery bid to help children in care

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Dudley Council looks set to submit a bid for up to £350,000 of lottery funding to improve the lives of young people in care and care leavers.

The Lifelong Links project will seek to help children in care develop positive relationships, as well as helping care leavers with training and employment.

It is hoped it will lead to a reduction in children in care running away from placements, as well as preventing children from turning to substance misuse, self-harm and criminal activity.

The local authority’s cabinet will be asked at a meeting on December 6 to give authorisation for officers to submit a bid to the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund for the cash.

The bid will be for funding to the tune of between £50,000 and £70,000 per year. It will be requested for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five, giving a maximum amount of £350,000.

Councillor Sue Ridney, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

As a compassionate council, we are committed to doing all we can to help children in care and care leavers.
Many suffer a life of constant upheaval which leads to problems during childhood which then spill over into adulthood.
A scheme like this would allow us to try and alleviate that upheaval, to try and give children some sense of stability through positive relationships.”

The cabinet will meet from 6pm on December 6 at Dudley Council House. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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