Young people across Croydon will be offered the chance to receive £1000 grants as part of a new scheme launched this week.

Thousands of community groups who support young people will be able to apply for funding provided by the Bags of Help scheme.

Potential organisations who can apply include those supporting mental health, outdoor activities, educational activities, young carers, bereavement counselling, child poverty and vulnerable at risk children.

Communications Manager, Jessica McCulloch said: “Young people have been among those most impacted by the pandemic, with schools closing across the country and many missing out on all important services impacted by lockdown.

“We’re encouraging any group who is working to support children and young people across the UK to apply for the new funding.

"We hope it can make a real difference to lives of so many around the country."

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The Bags of Help programme, which is run in partnership with community charity Groundwork, has already provided £83m of funding to more than 34,000 community projects across the UK.

One group in Croydon which has benefitted from a grant is the Chartwell Cancer Trust.

Head of The Chartwell Cancer Trust, Michael Douglas said: “During this uncertain and traumatic time for oncology patients and families, support and relief are needed more than ever.

"In addition to the support network, the money will help provide games, toys and activities to enhance the well-being of these highly vulnerable children through these worrisome times.

“Thanks to Tesco for helping to spread joy and put smiles on to the faces of children battling cancer.”

You can apply for a grant here