Families eating, learning and playing together
Holiday times can be challenging for families, in particular those who are vulnerable or on a low income. The lack of free school meals, regular social contact and play opportunities can create stress and pressure for families, often leading to financial, social and nutritional challenges.
‘Up to an estimated three million children risk being hungry in the school holidays. This group comprises over a million children growing up in poverty who receive free school meals during term time, as well as an estimated two million who are disqualified from free school meals because their parents work for their poverty.’ (Hungry
With funding from Brakes Meals & More, Family Action is delivering the Holiday Hub programme, which aims to address poor social inclusion, family nutrition and wellbeing, and financial strain.
‘Most useful is learning about all different recipes without it being so costly, and the meals are really easy to make.’
‘He was picky at first, but has tried new healthy foods.’
Find out about our other Holiday Food and Activities programmes.
Holiday Hub clubs operate across the country – from Wigan to Coventry and from London to Nottinghamshire. Holiday Hub supports families by providing meals and opportunities for family bonding through eating, learning and playing together.
As well as taking part in a wide range of fun activities and enjoying quality time together, families learn about nutrition and keeping fit and healthy.
Read a short case study from a setting in the East Midlands, which gives a flavour of one of the Holiday Hub sessions they have delivered. And RBWA Refuge explains in their online blog the activities that the children living at the refuge have been doing in their Holiday Hub programme.
Feedback from families highlights that Holiday Hub has helped them:
‘Due to struggling with anxiety, I don’t socialise at all and tend to stay in the house … I have socialised with staff and other families.’
‘It was brilliant. We all enjoyed it as a family.’
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We’re delighted that Public Health Stockton is currently funding Holiday Hub in Stockton-on-Tees. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.
FamilyLine is a free service available to support parents and carers manage the challenges of parenthood via telephone, text message and email. Whether it’s emotional support or practical advice on any aspect of parenting or broader family life, call: 0808 802 6666, text: 07537 404282 or email: email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!