Fleetwood Town’s Community Trust have been supporting Wyre Council in providing a free holiday club provision for those on the benefit-related free school meals initiative for the past 12-months.
Most recently, the Trust have provided four weeks of fun-filled activities at Poolfoot Farm and Shakespeare Primary School, engaging with a total of 644 children living across the borough of Wyre. Children have also received free lunches which have been provided by the Cozy Corner in Thornton Cleveleys, and Lord’s Deli - which is based in Fleetwood.
The local summer holiday clubs are part of the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF). Backed by a nationwide investment of up to £220 million, the programme will enable children and young people to enjoy fun activities with friends and learn and develop new skills.
Community Cohesion & Inclusion Manager, John Hartley said: “The activity camps are a great opportunity for young people to get out and about, get active and meet new friends. There’s been plenty to enjoy including a range of sports, arts and crafts, cooking and much more with a larger focus on educating the young people around lifestyle and nutritional habits.
“I would like to thank all partners that have been involved in making this summer the success that it has been!”
Carol Southern from Wyre Council added: “We are delighted to partner locally in Wyre with Fleetwood Town's Community Trust (FTCT) on the delivery of the successful Holiday Activity and Food programme, funded by the Department of Education and LCC.
“Our partnership enables children & young people on benefits related free school meals to access the Trust’s sports and physical activity camps across Wyre, reaching and providing fun, varied and interesting activities and food for each child that qualifies.”
Details of all the sessions can be found at www.wyre.gov.uk/holidayclub. Places need to be reserved and full details of how to book are also on the website.
Paid for places are available for children who are not eligible for benefits-related free school meals, please see the Trust’s website directly HERE!