TWO local organisations will share a £214,431 grant from the BBC’s Children In Need appeal.

Otley Road & Undercliffe Community Works has been awarded a three-year grant of £119,926 to deliver an after school club for children and young people from disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

The after school club will deliver a range of activities including arts and crafts, sports, health and fitness, and a homework club. The young people will also be able to eat a healthy meal. Attending the project will help to improve confidence and self-esteem, give the young people a safe place to have fun and make friends, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Bradford received £2m funding from Arts Council England

Jane Lees, CEO at Otley Road & Undercliffe Community Works said: “We’re delighted that we have been awarded this funding that will enable us to provide a really vital service to some of the most disadvantaged children and young people in our community.”

Another project to have been awarded is Cloverleaf Advocacy. The project will use a three-year grant of £94,505 to deliver a Young Leaders programme for children and young people with additional needs across Kirklees, Bradford and Calderdale. The sessions will help the young people to learn new skills, develop confidence and self-esteem, and raise their aspirations for the future.

Speaking of the new grants, Elizabeth Myers, Regional Head of the North at BBC Children in Need said: “It’s always a great privilege to award new funding to projects doing fantastic work in their communities, like Otley Road & Undercliffe Community Works and Cloverleaf Advocacy. We look forward to seeing the positive impact that this project will have on the children and young people that they support over the coming years.”

Across Bradford, BBC Children in Need is currently funding 32 projects to a value of more than £2.3 million.