Half-term holiday scheme to provide healthy activities and food

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A HALF-TERM holiday scheme will provide healthy activities for Tameside's vulnerable children and those of key workers.

Tameside Council and Active Tameside have teamed together to provide a host of Covid-safe activities next week that will give parents and carers a half-term break and also much-needed respite for families of children with disability.

The diverse range of fun activities include sports and life skills that will help children keep fit and healthy and boost their abilities.

In addition, children eligible for free school meals will receive supermarket food vouchers to help ensure they don't go hungry.

The scheme is part of Tameside Council's package of measures to support local families who are struggling to access food and warmth this winter, which also saw food vouchers provided over Christmas. The £15 vouchers will be distributed to eligible families via schools.

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Leanne Feeley, who is responsible for Lifelong Learning, said: "I'm delighted that we're able to provide these positive activities in a Covid-safe environment that will help keep vulnerable children and the children of key workers engaged and active and provide much-needed respite for families of children with disability.

"Our free school meal voucher scheme will also ensure that no child will go hungry and protect the most vulnerable. We will also be focusing on nutrition and healthy eating and supporting our families to access affordable healthy food."

Active Tameside's Director of Health and Social Outcomes, Shaun Higgins, said: "Active Tameside's February half-term holiday activity provision is an opportunity for the most vulnerable children and critical keyworker children to engage in a diverse range of life skills, sports, independence and cycling.

"We are targeting over 120 families per day across Active Tameside sites in a Covid-safe environment. The program has been co-produced with Tameside Council's Early Help Team and young people. Its success would mean that greater benefits and outcomes are provided for families and young people, helping them to live their best lives."

Pic Caps: Young people enjoying activities with Active Tameside