Rachel has seen the impact of the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme on the ground following a visit to a Redditch out-of-school club.

Today (August 31st), Rachel visited Funzone at Walkwood Middle School, a popular out-of-school club which has been running since 1998.

Throughout the summer, Funzone has been able to offer places to children who receive Free School Meals after the Government scaled up it’s £220 million Holiday Activities and Food Programme.

It has provided disadvantaged children in Redditch and across the country with healthy meals and enriching activities.

The £220 million programme has been expanded in 2021 to cover the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays.

In addition to this support, since December 2020, the COVID Local Support Grant has also enabled councils to support families who are struggling with the cost of food and utility bills as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. In total, Worcestershire County Council has received £2.1 million.

Rachel said:

After a tough 18 months for everyone, but particularly for children, it was fantastic to see them enjoying themselves and taking part in a number of activities from painting to baking and playing in the woods.

“I’m pleased the Government expanded its Holiday Activities and Food Programme as it has provided children in Redditch with healthy meals and exciting activities.”