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More cash allocated to lgbti youth services

Sat 7 Feb 2015 In: New Zealand Daily News

Nikki Kaye says the funding will help organisations better support lgbti youth Youth Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a second round of funding for lgbti youth support services, with an increased amount of cash available. The $85,000 small grants funding follows last year’s $60,000 injection, which was spread between 23 organisations. They ranged from the well-established Rainbow Youth, to newcomers like EquAsian, and to support groups in main centres as well as places like Hastings and Timaru. Read more about the groups which were funded here “By and large, lgbti young people are doing well, but reports over several years have shown there’s a need for more support services,” Nikki Kaye says. “One of the most concerning issues is that lgbti young people are five times more likely than other young people to attempt suicide or deliberately self-harm. “They are also more likely to be bullied, physically harmed or afraid that someone may hurt them. “It’s crucial that support is available to address this, and the funding I’ve announced today will help organisations better support lgbti youth.” The announcement comes on the opening weekend of Auckland Pride Festival, an event the supportive Auckland Central MP helped spearhead. “I encourage both new and existing providers to apply for the second round of funding, which will open later this month. Expressions of interest can be made from Monday here      

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 7th February 2015 - 9:00am

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