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School’s out but the fun is just beginning

4:22 pm, Monday, 9th August 2021 - 3 years ago

Children and families

A fun-packed programme of activities is planned for youngsters this summer in North East Lincolnshire.

Local school children will get the chance to take part in activity sessions being run by organisations:

  • Lincs Inspire
  • Climb4
  • Oasis Wintringham & Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe
  • Grimsby Town Sport and Education Trust
  • CPO
  • Hardy’s Den
  • Healing Village Nursery
  • Outdoor Learning Schools
  • Thrunscoe Academy and The TRIN
  • Wybers Wood Academy and Premier Education
  • Positive Activities

The activities are funded by the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme, which aims tackling so-called ‘unhealthy holidays’ by improving children’s physical health and nutrition during the school break.

The activities will offer children a chance to take part in a healthy activity, socialise with friends, and benefit from a nutritious meal.

Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for children, education and skills at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I’m really pleased by the organisations and individuals that came forward from our community to offer activities for our young people.

“Children have spent a significant amount of time during the last year indoors, self-isolating or under restrictions, so this is really a chance for them to get out, stretch their legs and get back to some sort of normality.

“I’m particularly impressed by the variety of activities being offered in our area – we have everything from sports like football and climbing to crafts, arts and science activities.

“These activities are open to all school-age children in our borough, but are primarily aimed at those in receipt of school meals.”

Ben Frary, senior sports development officer, said:

“We’ve had some great fun with children enjoying our holiday activities including Mini-Olympics activities inspired by the Tokyo Games!

“School holidays can be a particularly difficult time for some families due to increased food and childcare costs and reduced incomes. It can mean that families struggle to provide food and activities for children.

“We’ve got lots more to come with plenty of HAF places left on Performing Arts, Dance, Super Club at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre and Athletics.”

Sarah Hagerup, Managing Director of Climb 4 Limited, said:

“Climb 4 have been providing holidays clubs within North East Lincolnshire for 8 years now.

“Normally we provide activities at one venue only. The HAF funding has allowed us to be able to extend our provision – Centre 4, West Marsh Community centre, Shalom, and Grimsby in Bloom Pavilion – providing an excellent range of FREE and subsidised activities for children aged 5-11 (juniors) and 11-16 (seniors). 

“That’s 20 daily places for children who are in receipt of free school meals and 10 paid places. All those who attend receive a resource pack and an activity pack.

“All activities are run by Climb 4 experience teaching team, with additional professional artists/scientist/coaches to deliver the specialist workshops.”

Steven Broderick, Associate Assistant Principal, Sport & Health Oasis Academy Wintringham, said:

“We are very pleased to be offering our students and other children in the area who access free school meals a range of activities and a free lunch over the summer holidays.

“We have used organisations that are our letting partners already based here in the evening or weekends to allow a direct pathway for anyone who would like to continue after the summer.

“Everyone involved has enjoyed the first week and are looking forward to the next three weeks of activities.”

The full programme of activities is available on the Council’s website, and individual sessions are being advertised over social media by each provider. Some activities require booking in advance.

Children who receive free school meals will need to contact the Council for a code to access a free place on these activities. To get a code, contact Wendy Jackson at [email protected].

Providers of activities are still being sought for the Christmas break. For more information on how to apply, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/funding-for-haf-programmes.

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