Children and young people kept active during summer holidays

Children and young people of different ages were kept busy during the summer holidays as they were given an opportunity to come together at a local park to keep healthy and active.

During the summer holidays, there can sometimes be limited activities for school-aged children and young people. The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service partnered with North Avenue Youth Centre to run summer activities for the first time.

More than 60 children and young people aged between 8- and 19-years-old attended four weekly sessions, which incorporated a healthy lunch and sports activities.

It provided an opportunity for young people of all ages to engage with each other, promoting friendships, tolerance, co-operation, and an opportunity for some of the older people to take a leadership role.

Virgin Care, which runs the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service in partnership with children’s charity Barnardo’s, funded the initiative through its Feel the difference fund. The fund dedicates £100,000 a year for projects designed, and delivered by frontline staff to improve the experience of those using the services.

Kirsty Roberts, Community Engagement Worker for the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service, said: “The holiday lunch club was a great success and helped many children and young people in the local community feel less isolated during the school holiday. The Youth Centre team were able to interact with more than 60 children at the sessions which kept them active and allowed us to develop stronger links with local families and the service.”