11 May 2011

The Children’s Society and Ecclesiastical Insurance have launched a new initiative that provides money to local community projects aimed at improving children’s lives.

The move follows the success of the charity’s local Good Childhood Conversations, which have been drawing people together to discuss the issues and pressures facing young people today and how childhood could be improved in their neighbourhood. 

The conversations have resulted in positive outcomes for local communities across the country. For instance, in Blackburn the charity helped set up a new group for young mums in the local parish to build their confidence as parents. Another similar support group for parents has been set up in  Bristol and a group in Truro has committed itself to hosting a local event that will showcase all the voluntary groups and services available to children in the local community and flag up opportunities for people to volunteer.

Ecclesiastical Insurance is making grants of up-to £1,000 available to support more Good Childhood Conversations across the country in 2011 and more community initiatives like this.

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children's Society said:

'Based on the findings of The Good Childhood Inquiry the conversations give local leaders and people from the community the opportunity to come together to discuss and understand the challenges of childhood today.

'Thanks to funding from Ecclesiastical, this new initiative gives people the resource to kick start  postive change in their community following a Conversation.  Their good intentions can  be turned into postive actions if they are successful in receiving a seed grant.'

The Good Childhood conversations are currently taking place across the UK . To find out how you can take part and make a difference in your local community please email conversation@childrenssociety.org.uk or telephone 020 7841 4650.

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For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Paul Martin in The Children's Society media office: 0207 841 4422, paul.martin@childsoc.org.uk 

The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children can be children, childhood is respected and every child is valued for who they are. Our approach is driven by our Christian values and by the voices of children and young people, who are at the heart of all we do. In 2009 The Children’s Society published The Good Childhood Inquiry, the UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood. Its aims were to renew society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children. The Children's Society is continuing to improve this understanding of issues affecting children through all of its ongoing work.