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Penzance children's charity awarded £20k for new project

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 12, 2013

Friends of the Children's Joe Bergen, from Portland, Oregon, left, with Trelya's Realising Ambitions team members, from left, Nigel Morris, Amanda Addo and Mike Dale. Picture: Scott Hamilton.

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A PENZANCE children's charity has been awarded £20,000 by Lloyds TSB as it launches a new project that could become the nationwide model for working with children from tough backgrounds.

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded west Cornwall charity Trelya the money over two years.

The new grant will allow the charity to continue to provide support to young people living in some of the most deprived estates of west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Trelya enables disadvantaged young people to develop their skills and knowledge, and aims to motivate them to make positive and healthy choices in their lives.

The charity currently offers training sessions to help young people achieve their career and educational goals, and provides social activities such as art and media workshops to help develop personal and social skills.

The nationally recognised project has also recently launched its Realising Ambitions project, in conjunction with a ground-breaking project in America.

In the US the project is called Friends of the Children and provides long-term, dedicated one-to-one mentors to the kids from the hardest backgrounds.

Friends of the Children was approached by Trelya's director Sam Fitzpatrick and has now developed a partnership where the American model will be tested in the UK – in Penzance.

Sam said: "West Cornwall has many areas which suffer from social and economic deprivation.

"At Trelya we help young people who are dealing with a range of issues to address key areas of their lives and support them in becoming healthy, happy and productive members of their community."

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales provides funding for small and medium-sized charities that help disadvantaged people.

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