BBC Children in Need has announced the results of its first 2014 grant rounds, with £14,025 granted to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people in Somerset.

Including the new grants the total amount currently being funded in the area now sits at £312,850.

Among the new grants, £12.025 will be awarded to the Restricted Growth Association (RGA) in Yeovil.

The money will be used to host the RGA Convention, which provides a safe and supportive environment where children with restricted growth and their families can access essential advice and information.

It also offers children with dwarfism a space where they can build friendships and share experiences with others who live with the same daily pressures and challenges.

The three-day agenda includes a mix of educational workshops, entertainment, medical consultations, and social gatherings.

For children with restricted growth, the RGA Convention also provides a chance to partake in a wide range of fun and exciting activities without the stares, name calling, bullying, and harassment that many experience on a regular basis.

There are opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to participate in activities designed to teach new skills, boost self-esteem and promote personal development.

Speaking of the grant Liz Womack, project manager for the RGA, said: “The Restricted Growth Association (RGA) is delighted to receive funding from BBC Children in Need for the 2014 RGA Convention.

!This event means a great deal to many of our members and is an essential part of the support that we offer to the dwarfism community throughout the UK. We are incredibly grateful to BBC Children in Need for helping to make this year’s convention possible.”

Clare Cannock, BBC Children in Need's Regional Manager for the South West said: "We are delighted to be awarding this money to projects in Somerset which will go on to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the area. 

"The support we get each year is staggering and everyone should feel proud of what they have made possible. Thank you!"

The grants are the first of many that will take place across the year, and were made possible following the appeal night in November when a record-breaking £31.1million was raised on the night by the British public. This number will to grow significantly as donations still pour in from fundraising events that took place throughout the country.