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Children and Families granted almost £40,000 to support early childhood development on Sheppey

Published Monday 10 May, 2021
Last updated on Monday 10 May, 2021

Disadvantaged children aged 0-7 years old on the Isle of Sheppey could soon receive additional support from local charity Children and Families following a grant of almost £40,000 from Swale Borough Council.

The local charity applied for funding to support their new one-year, pilot project to support disadvantaged children in their crucial early years.

Jim Duncan, Chief Executive at Children and Families, said:

“Children are affected the most from living in poverty. It can cause them to have limited life chances and being caught in the poverty trap as they become adults themselves.

“Addressing these issues early on can result in a good education, improved social skills and secure employment.”

Cllr Angela Harrison, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at the council, said:

“We are pleased to support local charity Children and Families with their important work to support those dealing with the daily issues that come with the poverty cycle.

“Data from Kent County Council’s (KCC) Child Poverty Statistical Bulletin in August last year showed that Sheerness sits within the top 10 per cent of the most deprived areas in Kent.

“We hope with this grant that we can support the charity as they work to break the cycle of poverty by addressing children’s health, development and educational inequalities early on, so they can have a brighter future.”

Cllr Hannah Perkin, deputy cabinet member for health and wellbeing at the council, said:

“Children and Families works tirelessly in the community where help and support are really needed.

“We are pleased to grant them almost £40,000 towards their new pilot program to support early childhood development on the Isle of Sheppey.”

For more information on how Children and Families can help support those in need visit  www.children-families.org.

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