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Providing meaningful activities and balanced meals for children during the holidays

Roughly 21% of children in Darlington live in poverty, and low-income families struggle even more during the school holidays. Keeping children active and entertained whilst also providing good quality nutritious food is a challenge, and many parents will go without food themselves in order to feed their children.

Active Play

Groundwork NE & Cumbria’s Active Play programme offers fun, exciting and meaningful activities as well as balanced meals for children who might otherwise lack access to activities outside of term time.

At Active Play, children can enjoy games, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, role play and specialist activities including circus skills or science workshops. They also receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch, with healthy snacks in between activities.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria received a grant of £30,000

Groundwork was awarded a grant of £30,000 to fund their Active Play programme.  This grant will fund two sessions a week during the 2019 summer holidays.

The sessions will be delivered by  a Community Project Manager and two sessional workers, provided by Healthy Darlington.

Supporting parents

Parents will have the opportunity to attend some sessions with their children to cook, eat and play together.

Other sessions for parents will provide information and advice, including available benefits and health checks. These sessions will identify any additional support that the family may require, and they will be directed to the appropriate agencies.

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