Sessions to help organisations apply for grants to run holiday clubs now available
Organisations in Telford and Wrekin can now book to attend a virtual briefing session to find out more about a grant scheme to help run holiday clubs in the borough.
The sessions will explain how organisations can apply to the substantial funding pot of £780,000, which is part of Telford & Wrekin Council's Happy Healthy and Active Holidays scheme.
The scheme aims to help nearly 7,000 children from low-income families and those with special education needs and disabilities to stay healthy and active through holiday clubs during the summer and Christmas.
Each club will be community-run, providing young people with nutritious meals, fun activities and the chance to spend time with each other.
The council is not only looking for organisations that can host clubs or supply healthy meals; organisations that can run fun activities, such as sports, arts and crafts, nature or cooking activities, should apply as well.
Two virtual briefing sessions will be taking place on 19 and 20 May, organisations can find more and register at: www.telford.gov.uk/hhafbriefing
The Department of Education has provided £841,555 to Telford & Wrekin Council to support the Happy Healthy and Active Holidays scheme.
Councillor Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Visitor Economy, said: "These sessions are the perfect opportunity for community groups, parish councils, businesses, any organisation really, to have an in-depth look and ask questions about Happy Healthy Active Holidays.
"If your organisation is interested in applying to become a holiday club provider, then you should attend a virtual session to find out more.
"Organisation that can provide healthy meals or fun activities, such as sports, arts & crafts, nature or cooking, should also attend these sessions.
“The holidays can be a difficult time for many families, particularly financially and some children can feel isolated.
"That’s why we’ve supported community groups to provide holiday activities and nutritious meals to children for several years now.
"With additional funding from the Department of Education, we can now make this project borough-wide and put on even more holiday clubs than ever before.
"These holiday clubs help keep children entertained, eating healthy meals and getting ready for the start of the new school term.
“There will be many more ways for people to get involved in this exciting project going forward including volunteers that want to help us to support young people in the holidays.”
Organisations interested in applying for a grant to run holiday clubs in Telford and Wrekin should visit: www.telford.gov.uk/hhahgrant