Somerset County Council has joined up with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to organise a programme for the forthcoming Easter Holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation.
The County Council has already confirmed it will continue to fund Free School Meals provision for vulnerable families over the Easter holidays.
Now, in an initiative funded by the Department for Education, existing or prospective organisers of holiday activity programmes can access funding to deliver daily, four-hour programmes where young people in receipt of free school meals will be able to take part in a range of food, sports and cultural activities, and receive advice on nutrition and cooking skills.
In light of ongoing restrictions and uncertainty, the programmes – subject to any prevailing lockdown restrictions – will be held at a range of venues including schools, community halls, parks, and leisure centres to name a few.
The programme will also include a virtual offer for young people to take part in with a menu of activities that can be done at home and online, along with the face to face provision.
SASP would be delighted to welcome prospective delivery organisations to attend an information webinar which will take place on Tuesday 23rd February 18:00 – 19:00.
For anyone unable to attend the live webinars a recording will be available along with a Frequently Asked Questions list. Book your place here – www.sasp.co.uk/events
Anyone hoping to deliver at Easter is encouraged to find out more about the criteria of the programme on the SASP website – www.sasp.co.uk/holiday-activity-fund The deadline for applications is 1 st March 2021.
For more information, please contact Nancy Murdoch at firstname.lastname@example.org