Blueprint for fun and healthy Bolton £ 1million summer vacation
FAMILIES whose children receive free school meals will be supported over the summer holidays with free childcare and food costs as part of a £ 1million scheme to be approved next week .
Bolton Council will pay the sum for a summer school program following the success of its Easter Holiday Food and Activities (HAF) program.
Children eligible for free school meals will receive, according to proposals under development, a free vacation spot for four hours a day over four days, for four weeks during the long summer vacation.
The idea is to help participating children eat healthily and be more active in their free time, while supporting their personal development and helping them succeed in their studies.
The program will also run over Christmas, but it is only scheduled for this year as part of Covid’s recovery plans.
All eligible children will be offered places, but they are not mandatory.
City hall officials can use up to 15 percent of program funding for those who do not receive free school meals for vulnerable children. This could include those that are taken care of.
Ideas include “family fun and food” sessions throughout the summer at our two main green flag parks.
These sessions will be an opportunity to prepare, cook and eat meals with the family in parallel with positive activities. The chefs will cover nutrition and food budgeting while encouraging families to rethink their relationship with food.
The sessions will also orient families and young people towards a more localized HAF offering and will be linked to a final as part of the annual Bolton Food and Drink Festival. The summer program will build on the Easter program, which despite the bad weather saw 1,000 children involved.
Paul Rankin, deputy director of children’s services, said in a report: “Activities will be varied and inclusive to meet the needs of young people.
“Access to good quality meals and food education will be the common thread of the offer. Activities will include sports, arts, theater, music, games and a plethora of experiential learning.
“Bolton’s approach will end with a festive event linked to Bolton’s famous food and drink festival.”
Young people will have access to educational sessions during the festival.