Telford & Wrekin Council is pleased to launch the Holiday Activities and Eat Well Fund, enhanced this year by the Telford 2020 Fund to make a total grant pot of £110,000. The council are launching this as a three year funding programme to fund activities and nutritious meals delivered to children at risk of food poverty during the school holidays.
Funding is focused on 12 wards in the borough, successful applicants will be required to offer activities under this grant during school holidays between May half term 2020 and Easter 2023 inclusive.
The three year grant has been made available to offer recipients stability and to allow them to make best use of the available resources by planning delivery over a three year period. This longer grant period will give recipients time to ensure their sustainability plans are put into action and that they are able to continue delivering similar activities in their community beyond the grant period.
The School holidays can be a challenge for some families. This can be due to increased costs such as providing meals, childcare and reduced incomes due to reduced working hours. Also, there is no provision for free school meals (FSM) during the holidays. There is growing evidence that this can impact on the health and wellbeing of some families during the holidays. Children, Young People and Families on low incomes are:
- less likely to access organised holiday activities,
- more likely to experience “unhealthy holidays” in terms of nutrition and physical health and
- more likely to experience social isolation
Free holiday clubs can be part of a community solution to this problem and deliver a positive impact for Children and Young People (CYP). Evidence suggests that holiday clubs work best where there is regular and accessible provision of a diverse range of positive activities which include physical activity and a healthy nutritious meal. The benefits are even better when children and their parents are involved in food preparation.
It is estimated that there are approximately 170 non-school days (including weekends) a year in the UK that free school meal pupils cannot access their entitlement to a school lunch. Access to FSM may provide the only hot meal for some children over the school term.
The aim of the Telford & Wrekin Council Holiday Activities and Eat Well Fund is to reduce the pressure during school holidays, on CYP and families in Telford who receive Free School Meals and those who are on low incomes.
In recognition of the fact that not all those that are eligible for FSM take up the offer the Holiday Activities and Eat Well Funding is focused on the areas of the Borough with the highest levels of need from a variety of indicators. Namely, the number of pupils in the ward receiving FSM, the percentage of ward pupils on FSM and inclusion on the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods nationally by the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IDM).
These areas are the wards of Arleston, Brookside, College, Dawley & Aqueduct, Donnington, Hadley & Leegomery, Ketley & Overdale, Madeley & Sutton Hill, Malinslee & Dawley, Oakengates & Ketley Bank, The Nedge and Woodside. View maps showing the ward boundaries.
The target group for this funding are the CYP and their families that are in receipt of FSM or may be at risk of food poverty during the school holidays.
The aim of the fund is to support the development and delivery of projects that help to reduce the financial pressure on families as outlined above. Funding will support the coordination of holiday provision to help deliver the key outcomes outlined below for CYP and their families, helping them to feel happy and well and to:
- eat more healthily during the holidays - providing a minimum of one meal a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner);
- be more active during the holidays;
- take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, and wellbeing and other skills;
- be safe and not to be socially isolated;
- have greater knowledge of health and nutrition.
Funding is available to support the development of new projects or to expand projects that have been delivered previously.
Organisations that have previously received funding from the Holiday Activities & Eat Well Fund can apply, these projects will need to demonstrate how they will continue to build on the success of previous delivery with a focus being on physical activity, healthy eating and increased uptake. Alongside demonstrating how they have used funding from previous years to become sustainable and reduce ongoing costs.
All applications need to show how they are going to sustain their project in the future.
There is a total of £110,000 available within the Holiday Activities and Eat Well Fund. Grant awards will cover a period of three years. The amount of funding available in each of the ward areas is proportionate to the number of pupils in the ward receiving FSM, the percentage of ward pupils on FSM and being within the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods defined by the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IDM). View the list of ward allocations.
Last updated: 5.01pm on Wednesday 12 February 2020