The Customer Engagement Team at Weaver Vale Housing Trust spent the Summer holidays supporting community volunteer groups to deliver a programme of activities for families in key neighbourhoods. The programmes were put together by the Community Groups to provide families with a range of activities that helped to keep children entertained and active during the school holidays but also provided them with a healthy meal.
The Trust worked alongside the GGO Community Group and Wharton Residents Groups in Winsford to assist with delivering food and activity packs to families, the Trust also completed the administration, helped with risk assessments and Covid-19 safety support.
Alongside this, the Trust also supported other summer holiday programmes delivered by partner agencies and community groups operating within its communities. With some creative thinking and strict risk assessments and social distancing guidelines, a lot was achieved.
With grant funding of over £20,000 from community interest organisation, Edsential, the programmes of family fun and food sessions included craft sessions, picnics, bike rides, seed planting, cooking and lots more.
Alison Haigh, Customer Engagement Officer at Weaver Vale Housing Trust said
“The feedback we have received has been phenomenal. These activities have encouraged families to spend quality time together and the activities were so thoughtful and encouraged health, wellbeing and community spirit, which is essential in these uncertain and stressful times. We are very happy to be able to support these projects”.
- 1280 lunches provided to families in Winsford
- 80 cook at home meals – Pitta Pizza and Cottage Pie
- 803 activity packs – various craft, bird houses, card making, squirrel feeder, bee activity
Edsential CIC and Partners have been successful in accessing funding to coordinate Holiday Activity and Food provision over the summer holiday period in West Cheshire, Halton and Wirral for 2020.
They aim to support over 56% of eligible Free School Meal children across the Local Authorities, and Cheshire West and Chester were able to help 3826 Young people.
Edsential is a Community Interest company owner by Cheshire West and Chester and Wirral Council to provide services to the education sector.