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Lloyds Foundation funding enables KRAN to recruit new CEO
KRAN is very happy to announce that thanks to a 2 year grant of £50,000 from Lloyds Foundation we have been able to grow and straighten our team by the appointment of a CEO, Razia Shariff, to oversee the work of all the KRAN Projects. Razia has twenty years experience of working in the voluntary sector and is passionate about ensuring young people can reach their potential.
New Funding Grants for Supporting Refugee Youth Project
The Supporting Refugee Youth Project (SRYP) is grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for providing funding over the last nine years for this project to grow and develop to what it is today. From a small mentoring scheme, SRYP now offers mentoring to young people living in all areas of East Kent, as well as now running group activities such as Art Therapy and English Classes, and perhaps most importantly, the a much needed Drop In Advice Centre open to all refugee youth.
As BLF funding has come to an end, SRYP wishes to extend its thanks to the Tudor Trust for their generous three year grant to continue with this work. We also wish to thank to Garfield Weston Foundation and AB Charitable for their grants. As the project develops in new areas to serve emerging needs, fundraising remains all the more important.
Riverside Project awarded £98,596 by BBC Children in Need
KRAN Riverside Project in Canterbury is delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant of £98,596 over 3 years. This grant will fund the provision of life skills training for unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in Kent.
This grant has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the public. £31.1 million was raised on Appeal night 2013 and BBC Children in Need have since announced that this total has risen to a record breaking £49.6 million.
The Riverside Project provides young unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) aged 16 to 18 with classroom based activities per week including comprehensive programme of life skills, literacy, numeracy, social and cultural studies. To date this year we have already worked with 69 young people from all over the world, helping them integrate into the local community and access further education.
With the support of BBC Children in Need, we will be able fund a Project Co-ordinator to provide a dedicated pastoral care service to help young people with any issues or worries and helping them to feel happier and more confident and secure in the community.
The Riverside Project has been teaching young unaccompanied asylum seekers in Kent since 2002, and is the only education project for young refugees and asylum seekers in Kent regardless of ability throughout schools terms and holidays.
Project Manager Ken Berkin said “without the valuable support of BBC Children in Need funding, our current activities would be severely restricted, leaving some students without any access to education or skills training. Our students and staff are motivated to know that BBC Children in Need consider our work to be worthy of their significant funding.”
BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal. Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.
All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.
Outreach Project reopens at The Shed, Folkestone
As a result of funding received from the Roger de Haan Charitable Foundation and Kent Community Foundation and local Rotary Clubs, we have managed to keep our operation open and students are now attending classes at the Shed on a regular basis.
The Folkestone Outreach Project provides young unaccompanied asylum seeking children aged 16 to 18 with a comprehensive programme of life skills, literacy, numeracy , social and cultural studies regardless of ability throughout schools terms and holidays.