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26th Sep, 2021

£1.5m grant aims to get families ready, steady for the holidays

A GRANT of £1.5million will help Worcestershire County Council provide free school meals and activities to support families over the school summer holidays.

The cash will enable Ready, Steady, Worcestershire to launch an exciting range of summer activities, with meals, for disadvantaged children across the county.

Ready, Steady, Worcestershire is a council service which provides information about food, activities and support available to families and children during the school holidays. This help is available to families with children from nursery and primary ages, through to older children and teenagers.

In November 2020, the Government announced that the Holiday, Activities and Food (HAF) programme, which has provided healthy food and enriching activities to children since 2018, will be expanded across the whole of England this year to children in every local authority.

Coun Marcus Hart, cabinet member for education, said: “I really welcome this funding from the Department of Education (DfE).

“It is a fantastic opportunity for schools and providers across the county to run exciting, enriching summer holiday activities, with healthy meals, making sure that all of Worcestershire’s children have a great summer.”

The booking system will be going live early this month.

People who want to register their interest in a place for a child on this summer’s programme, should visit this story on our website and click through the link to the application form.

Worcestershire County Council is providing welfare support services with Here2Help being on hand to help any resident who requires extra support.

Anyone in need of help can visit worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help or call 01905 768053.

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