Filling the GAP
At a time when many families rely upon the provision of a free school meal to supplement their budget it is obvious that school holidays and the lack of this essential provision puts an already challenged family under even more pressure.
Those of us who have parented know only too well how school holidays can be a strain. However, especially for families on low budgets, the squeeze on their already limited resources can be massive.
Finding extra food is one thing but also providing safe, fun activity can also be a stress. As children return to school after the holidays, they want to be able to tell a story about what they did and how much fun they had.
On Tuesday, 25th April, Transforming Lives Together ran an event at Church House, Daresbury entitled ‘Filling the Gap’.
Attended by 24 enthusiastic people from all over the Chester Diocese who wanted to share and learn about how to provide holiday fun and food to children in their area.
We heard from Rev.Tina Upton, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Blacon and Hazel Boston, Child and Family Worker from Sale West Community Church about how the provision works in their areas. They shared their experience of setting up, funding, safeguarding and managing volunteers and offered to mentor any group who are about to embark upon a similar venture.
The participants spent some time in small groups talking about where they are up to in their area and thinking about what they needed to do next.
It was agreed that it would be useful for us to re-convene in the autumn to see what has been happening and get people to report on their activity and experiences.