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Thousands of children set to benefit from Easter holiday activities programme

THE triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation – are being tackled by a programme of activities for the Easter holidays.

Somerset County Council has joined with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to provide the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) and help more than 2,000 young people aged 5 to 16.

Organisations across the county will be offering four half days of activities to young people in receipt of free school meals. This includes 30 organisations who will be delivering face-to-face activities, as well as a virtual offer for children in areas where face-to-face provision is not available.

SASP has worked with local partners to provide a varied virtual offer which includes modelling workshops with Aardman Animations, science workshops, drama workshops and more.

There are also some charged spaces available for children who do not qualify for free school meals.

Families will hear from schools about the provision available in their area. Resources needed for these workshops will be sent home to children, along with food boxes which include ingredients for breakfast and lunch for one week, supplied by Morrison’s.

Jane Knowles, SASP CEO said: “SASP are delighted to co-ordinate these fun and enriching holiday activities on behalf of the county council. We are so proud of our awesome and important local providers who have stepped up to the challenge of providing over 2,200 places for children in under five weeks in a Covid secure way.”

“A council spokesperson said: “To ensure all young people have access to activities and resources over the Easter holidays, a resources hub has been created of ideas to keep young people active and engaged.

“There are ideas and resources for sports challenges, arts and crafts, music and drama, wellbeing, food and much more. Also keep a look out for live ‘cook-alongs’ hosted on social media during the first week of the Easter holidays.

“To find out more go to: www.sasp.co.uk/easter-holiday-activities

“We are asking families to share what they get up to over the Easter by using the hashtag #EasterHolidayActivities #Somerset on social media.”

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