This project will mean deprived children and young people and those with special needs, from a range of backgrounds, will have better coordinated services by the voluntary and community sector. There is no collective voice for the voluntary sector or grants available from the local council. This funding will ensure better networking and campaigning by the voluntary sector for Children and Young People's Rights ensuring they have greater opportunities and a better quality of life.
The 250 groups that comprise the Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum works with some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Bromley. It needs funding to better meet the needs of our children. There is limited statutory sector funding opportunities now. The funding for the Forum that once existed locally has ended. Groups need to be able come together and organise to identify needs and act on issues and difficulties to put our Kids First in Bromley.
The fund will create opportunities for groups to work together to meet the needs of the growing number of children and young people in Bromley. The project will provide a local voice for the Voluntary Sector. It will help groups be even better at what they are doing to improve the lives of our children and young people. Groups will be able to have a stronger voice in the borough to lobby for resources and opportunities to meet complex needs of our kids.
For children and young people: they will be able to access improved voluntary sector services and activities to support them in improving their quality of life. For voluntary and community groups: they will be more confident as a collective of voices, dealing with common issues, accessing additional funding and training to help them coordinate and be even better at what they want to achieve in improving the lives of Bromley's diverse children and young people.