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Newground Together backs holiday hunger programme

Newground Together is supporting a programme in Blackburn with Darwen designed to give parents support and provide kids with a hot meal during the summer holidays.

Spring North, formerly The Families and Wellbeing Consortium, has been awarded a contract from the Department for Education to support local families across the school holiday period by delivering meals and activity packs, alongside digital sessions.

Newground Together, the charitable arm of Together Housing Group, has teamed up with The Beacon Youth Club as one of the delivery partners. As such, they will be delivering online sessions in sport, craft and media as well as setting interactive challenges.

The ‘Get Stuck In’ programme will operate from 3rd August – 30th August and is targeted at young people aged 4-16 years.

Sessions will be dlivered via Zoom and will be set up to work safely with a group of young people. There will be 4 themes running each week and will change so young people are encouraged to sign up for all four weeks. The sessions come under four different themes like sports, crafts, Goggle Ground and STEM. Some of the activities include dance and drama, Zumba, arts and crafts and baking classes.

The meals will be prepared by Westholme School catering and will be delivered by Newground Together. They will arrived chilled, ready to put straight in the oven to heat up.

The programme aims to be inclusive and for people who don’t have access to the internet can still get involved with the meals and activity packs without the Zoom sessions.

Angela Allen, CEO for Spring North explains: “With more than 20,000 children living in food poverty in Blackburn with Darwen, these holiday clubs will provide a vital lifeline for families. In many cases parents are in work but struggle to support their households, reflected by the increasing number of children who are currently eligible for free school meals.

“This significant bid will help us to deliver free local holiday clubs online by experienced partners. This will give parents a break, provide enjoyable activities for children and let them enjoy a hot meal.

“In addition, the holiday clubs will provide additional support for parents with a range of activities including cooking clubs, welfare, debt and employment advice and support for their own well-being.”

Schools Minister Lord Agnew said: “Where I want children to succeed, I also want them to grow up happy and confident, ready to take on challenges. Investing in enriching, rewarding summer activities this year will help keep them active and encourage them to get involved in their communities.”

Adam Doyle Community Programmes Manager West at Newground Together, added, “As the school holidays begin, and we see families dealing with the impact of Covid-19, we need to ensure that we support families in our communities.  We know that some families will struggle more than others and having to provide additional meals for children at home can be a stressful time as it impacts budgets and income. Holiday hunger often results in adults skipping meals, so their children have enough to eat while parents try to find the extra money to feed them.

“With Get Stuck In, children will not only be able to access a hot meal but also a range of activities from sports and crafts. It is also an opportunity for parents to find out more about the other services we offer including employment and training advice.”

You can register your child for the programme by calling or texting 07747 764876.

For more information about the ‘Get Stuck In’ programme you can visit:

The other delivery partners are Blackburn Youth Zone, Blackburn Rovers Football Community Trust, Youth Action, IMO, BwD Young Peoples Services and Children Centres and The SEEDS Adolescent Support Unit.

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