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Council aims to #BrightentheDay for thousands of children in Gateshead this summer

News update

Gateshead Council has once again been awarded Government funding to provide free activities and meals for children during the summer holidays. 

Funding of £228,000 from the Department for Education's Holiday Activities and Food Programme, will allow more than 25 different organisations across the borough to provide an expected 4,500 places for children including community groups, schools and sports clubs.

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council, said: "We are extremely pleased, once again, to be part of the Government's Holiday Activities and Food Programme. This year's #BrightentheDay programme builds on many years of work across Gateshead to provide much needed food and activities during the summer holidays. 

"The Council has worked closely with its partners, including schools, local charities and community organisations to plan a programme that will deliver healthy and nutritious food alongside activities which will take place over several hours each day and in each week of the summer holidays. 

"This year's programme will aim to be the largest amount of provision yet with the Council recognising how difficult it can be for struggling families to cope throughout the long summer holiday period." 

Alongside lots of activities in local communities, social distancing has meant a smaller number of on-site activities with a smaller number of participants. To compensate, a virtual programme of on-line games, challenges, videos and cooking demonstrations will be available for children and their families throughout the summer holidays.  

In addition, the programme will provide bike rides and nature walks that families can do together.  

Alongside the activities and food for children, the #BrightentheDay progamme will provide vital support for parents including advice on cooking healthily on a budget, health and wellbeing support and financial management and welfare sessions. 

News update
24 June 2020

Gateshead Council has once again been awarded Government funding to provide free activities and meals for children during the summer holidays. 

Funding of £228,000 from the Department for Education's Holiday Activities and Food Programme, will allow more than 25 different organisations across the borough to provide an expected 4,500 places for children including community groups, schools and sports clubs.

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council, said: "We are extremely pleased, once again, to be part of the Government's Holiday Activities and Food Programme. This year's #BrightentheDay programme builds on many years of work across Gateshead to provide much needed food and activities during the summer holidays. 

"The Council has worked closely with its partners, including schools, local charities and community organisations to plan a programme that will deliver healthy and nutritious food alongside activities which will take place over several hours each day and in each week of the summer holidays. 

"This year's programme will aim to be the largest amount of provision yet with the Council recognising how difficult it can be for struggling families to cope throughout the long summer holiday period." 

Alongside lots of activities in local communities, social distancing has meant a smaller number of on-site activities with a smaller number of participants. To compensate, a virtual programme of on-line games, challenges, videos and cooking demonstrations will be available for children and their families throughout the summer holidays.  

In addition, the programme will provide bike rides and nature walks that families can do together.  

Alongside the activities and food for children, the #BrightentheDay progamme will provide vital support for parents including advice on cooking healthily on a budget, health and wellbeing support and financial management and welfare sessions. 

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