Generous funding, as a result of the very successful Putney Pop-up Event run by the London Small Biz Network earlier this year, has meant that we’ve been able to run our most adventurous Holiday Clubs yet.
We ran a total of 12 sessions each lasting about 3 hours long. We served 744 healthy and delicious meals/packed lunches (to children and parents/carers). Volunteers (and cooks!) came from Sainsbury’s, Cisco, Endemol Shine, Blackwood Group and individuals. Although exhausting, all of our volunteers seemed to have fun and were incredibly generous with their time. More importantly, our kids did too!
As well as quieter days were the children played games, completed art n crafts activities, and learned how to cook (@KidsCookerySch), each Club ended with a big party, with water games and two bouncy castles.
For the first time, we did some ‘big’ trips too.
We took 114 parents/carers and kids to London Zoo (on the wettest day of the summer) and another 76 to Kew Gardens where the children got to play in the new children’s area. They also really enjoyed their visits to Pheonix Gardens run by Hammersmith Community Gardens – where the children learned about fruit and vegetables, had a good run around in the outdoors, and planted their own mini-gardens to take home. We are pleased to say that the rain at London Zoo did not seem to bother the children!
Some feedback from our Clubs include:
“We never had anything planned for the holidays so we were really happy we attended the club.”
“We usually would be stuck at home or just go to the park because we would not (have) the money to go to places.”
When asked about the food on offer, and if it made a difference to them, one parent wrote: “Yes, it was more healthier because some of the food we could not afford to buy, so we would like to say a big thank you”.
The majority of the children attending our Clubs normally receive school meals.
As well as funding from the London Small Biz Network, we were also able to use funds ‘left over’ from previous Clubs, which was originally provided by LBHF and the Childhood Trust.
For more information about our Holiday Clubs and other ‘poverty busting’ projects, please email: [email protected]