Summer 2019 saw the children, young people and families benefit from our Healthy Happy Summer programme, fully funded by the Healthy Holidays Leeds funding allocated by Leeds community Foundation from the Department for Education.
Sports Raiser received funding to develop, manage and deliver a provision of sports Dance and arts and crafts activities in the heart of the community. Over 4 weeks during the Summer holidays we partnered with professional coaches and practitioners to deliver a holiday camp at St Richard’s Church in Seacroft from 10am – 3pm each, primarily targeting 5-12 year olds, but welcoming family groups and older children in need of the provision.
The camp included a wide range of activities with every Child attending receiving a free lunch provided in partnership with Fareshare and ReThink Food.
The program directly tackled the problem of holiday hunger. Many young people from deprived backgrounds receive free school meals during term time. But this is not available during the holidays which creates the issue of holiday hunger. The department for education and local and national organisations like street games and Leeds city council are tackling this problem by providing funding for projects like ours.
Feedback from the families we engaged with was extremely positive and impactful and we have plans to expand with more camps replicated across the city in 2020.