Telford 2020 Fund helps boost holiday activities
The Telford 2020 fund is extending a scheme that over the last two years has helped children and young people in the borough to enjoy holiday activities and healthy food during school holidays.
In the last summer alone, over 900 children and young people benefitted from this scheme.
Now in its third year, the “Holiday Activities and Eat Well” fund, part of the Telford 2020 fund, will again support organisations to host holiday activities and provide nutritious meals for children and young people in Telford and Wrekin.
The Council’s Telford 2020 fund is making £110,000 available for charities and voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises, town and parish councils, schools and faith based organisations to run holiday activities with nutritious food in 12 wards.
Even more, successful applicants will benefit from the grant support over the next three years.
As such, each year, up to the 2023 Easter holiday, they will be able to provide holiday activities with heathy meals for children and young people in the borough.
Organisations interested in the “Holiday Activities and Eat Well” Fund are invited to submit their Expression of Interest by Monday, 16 March 2020 - 9.30am.
Details about the grant and how to submit your interest are available at www.telford.gov.uk/haewfund
Council Leader Shaun Davies said: “With the help of this funding, in the last two years, community groups across the borough have provided holiday activities and nutritious meals to children and young people during school holidays.
“Based on the positive feedback received from families, we’re extending this scheme for another three years - to benefit many more children during school holidays.
“We hope this will encourage previous applicants but also more groups to apply for this scheme in the following wards: Arleston, Brookside, College, Dawley & Aqueduct, Donnington, Hadley & Leegomery, Ketley & Overdale, Madeley & Sutton Hill, Malinslee & Dawley Bank, Oakengates & Ketley Bank, The Nedge and Woodside.
“We also hope to extend the scheme to other areas of the Borough.
“Anyone interested can go to www.telford.gov.uk/haewfund to find out more about the application process.”
Terry Yarnall, Sutton Hill Community Trust Business Manager said: “In the last year, this funding from the Council has helped our centre during school holidays to organise physical activities and provide hot meals for around 35 young people.
“They had the opportunity to try football, cricket and various different sports and to enjoy arts and crafts and get involved in other activities in and around the centre.
“All these really helped boost their confidence and get them ready for the start of the new school term.
“We are definitely considering applying for the scheme again and if our application is successful, we would diversify our offer and help even more families.”
Any organisation or group wanting to find out more about the funding can visit www.telford.gov.uk/haewfund
The £110,000 “Holiday Activities and Eat Well” fund is part of the new Telford 2020 Fund, which goes towards new initiatives as well as supporting a number of tried and tested community-led funding schemes.
Details about the Telford 2020 Fund can be found here