New fund to ease extra financial pressure for families during school holidays

Many families in the borough, especially those on low income, find the school holidays, particularly in the long summer break, a financial strain.

New fund to ease extra financial pressure for families during school holidays

As such Telford & Wrekin Council is to invest £50,000 into a scheme to help these families by working with partners to provide activities and healthy meals for children during the school holidays.

This builds on a successful trial last year as part of the Telford 50 Legacy fund and will make this support more widely available.

This will look to expand on the scheme which last year helped to offer a range of activities such as sports, arts, craft, cooking for children in partnership with five community groups across the borough.

Details of how the council plans to work with community groups to run the next phase of community-based activities will be published shortly.

Cllr Paul Watling, cabinet member for Children and Adults Early Help and Support, said: “During the school holidays, there are extra costs for families to provide meals and activities for their children which some people simply can’t afford.

“Telford Crisis Support, who run the borough’s main food bank, say they see an increase in referrals in the holidays, underlining how school holidays put some families in a very difficult financial position.

“With this extra funding we’ll be seeking to build on the success of last year’s trial and we hope that working with a range of partners we can create something with a really lasting impact.

This initiative is one a number of schemes funded by the one-off £3.6 million fund following changes to the Council’s finances including a one-off VAT refund.

These include an additional £1m for Pride in Our High Streets, £1m to regenerate some of the borough’s older estates, £500k to tackle issues on two of Telford’s biggest new housing estates, £300k to help improve public transport and £100k to improve rights of way in the borough.

Anyone organisation or group wanting to find out more about this can contact 01952 382133 or email

You might also like

Government cash to fund promoting Telford to new markets

Telford & Wrekin Council has successfully secured a grant of £75,000 to support local businesses wit.. Read more

Two more community libraries open for business

Two community libraries open for business this month as organisations across the borough continue to respond to Te.. Read more

Giving young people the best chance to achieve their full potential

Fifteen careers advisors with Telford & Wrekin Council have been awarded the highest leve.. Read more

First Community Library gets off to a festive start

The first community-run library in Telford and Wrekin has formally opened for business – and it will get off .. Read more

Ice Rink fundraising event for Children in Need

Telford Ice Rink is hosting a very special night of fun with live music and giveaways to raise money for Children.. Read more