BBC Children in Need has awarded a new grant of £9,754 to an Oldham project working with disadvantaged children and young people.

Mahdlo (Oldham Youth Zone) will use the grant to deliver support and activity sessions to disadvantaged young women. The project will give the young people the opportunity to explore issues that affect them in a safe and supportive environment and help to develop their confidence and self-esteem, enable them to build life skill and empower them.

Kate Bennett, junior zone manager at Mahdlo, said: “It’s fantastic news to hear that we’ve been awarded with this grant from BBC Children in Need which will enable us to support vulnerable young women in our community and help them to reach their potential.”

The new funding will enable projects to provide services to young people in the area and means that the charity now has more than £881,000 invested in Oldham. This is the second funding allocation of the year, with additional funding to be allocated to projects across the UK throughout 2019.

The grant has been allocated through the charity’s Small Grants Programme.

Elizabeth Myers, regional head of the North at BBC Children in Need msaid: “It’s always a real privilege to award new grants to projects like Mahdlo in Oldham, which demonstrate how our small grants programme makes a positive difference to children and young people’s lives.”

BBC Children in Need’s chief executive, Simon Antrobus, added: “Thanks to our generous supporters, our Small Grants Programme can and does make a significant and lasting impact on young lives. Each project will go on to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the heart of local communities up and down the UK, so thank you for making these grants possible.”