Tameside children to be supported during February half-term

Vulnerable children and those of key workers in Tameside will be able to benefit from healthy activities during the February half-term. 

A scheme by Tameside Council and Active Tameside will provide Covid-safe activities next week - including sports and life skills. 

The places have already been taken up but if families need support they can contact the Early Help Access Point on 0161 342 4260 for help and advice.

Meanwhile, the council also says that children eligible for free school meals will once again receive supermarket food vouchers to help ensure they don't go hungry. 

The £15 vouchers will be distributed to eligible families via schools, as was the case for the Christmas holiday period.

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Leanne Feeley, who is responsible for Lifelong Learning, said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to provide these positive activities in a Covid-safe environment that will help keep vulnerable children and the children of key workers engaged and active and provide much-needed respite for families of children with disability.

“Our free school meal voucher scheme will also ensure that no child will go hungry and protect the most vulnerable. We will also be focusing on nutrition and healthy eating and supporting our families to access affordable healthy food.”

Active Tameside’s Director of Health and Social Outcomes, Shaun Higgins, said: “Active Tameside’s February half-term holiday activity provision is an opportunity for the most vulnerable children and critical keyworker children to engage in a diverse range of life skills, sports, independence and cycling.

“We are targeting over 120 families per day across Active Tameside sites in a Covid-safe environment. The program has been co-produced with Tameside Council’s Early Help Team and young people. Its success would mean that greater benefits and outcomes are provided for families and young people, helping them to live their best lives.”

Main image:

Young people enjoying activities with Active Tameside.

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