NICK BELL, SENIOR TRUST FUNDRAISER, TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST
Why did you apply to this trust? The project offers specialist help to vulnerable young people in the areas of sex, sexual health and sexuality. We have been expanding our work with young people in response to the rise in sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. Our Young People's Counselling work in London is an ideal fit with the objectives of BBC Children in Need.
What did the application process involve? The initial application involved completing an online form and submitting financial details on spreadsheets. Then an independent assessor contacted us for more detail.
Could the application have been simpler? Given the size of the awards BBC Children in Need makes, the application process was unproblematic and easy to navigate.
Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? The grant covers the salary and employer's NI contributions of a specialist young people's counsellor.
Did you apply to other funders? We were already in receipt of another grant for this project from the John Lyon's Charity.
WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT
SALLY-ANN BELL, CENTRAL GRANTS OFFICER, BBC CHILDREN IN NEED
Our mission is to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, so the trust's counselling service for young people meets our mission well: beneficiaries are in the care system, from BME communities or out of education or training. The counsellor will help young people understand all areas of sexual health, relationships and related mental wellbeing. The aims of the project are to create awareness, educate, develop skills, reduce anxiety and promote self-esteem.