Wirral secures bid to support families this summer
Over 50 local families will receive free activities and meals over the summer, thanks to funding secured by Wirral Council and its partners.
Set up via the council’s ‘Changing Lives, Changing Futures’ project, the grant will provide more than £17,000 to fund a joint scheme with Ema from NEO Community Café and community artist Jo from Wirral Museums. The partnership will support families in three ways: food, enrichment activities, and support for physical activity.
The money was made available by Edsential - a community interest company owned by Cheshire West, Chester, and Wirral councils to provide services to the Education sector. Edsential has received Government funding for school holiday activity and food programmes.
Families will receive nutritional food packs from Neo Café with ingredients and recipes to make meals together, plus suggested shopping lists, kitchen equipment and instructions to help with hygiene and food safety. Wirral Council’s Family Matters team will provide packs from the ‘Change For Life’ initiative, with ideas on how to incorporate more physical activity in to every day, while Jo from Wirral Museums will provide art and craft activity packs for families to try together.
Cllr Tom Usher Cabinet Member for Children and Families said:
“We’re determined to provide opportunities to families to make healthier choices and for children to expand their horizons and explore new hobbies.
“This partnership’s successful bid for funding means we can support families who need it most in a tailored way.
“Not only will this project help keep children and families entertained over the summer, it should also leave them with long-lasting skills, particularly around preparing nutritional meals together.”