Children in Devon aged 5 to 16, who are entitled to benefit-linked free school meals, start an action-packed Easter holiday this week, as part of the holiday food and activity program funded by the government of Devon County Council. The scheme involves providing free activities and healthy meals during school holidays, and the council has partnered with activity providers to run the activities across Devon.
And with a very wide range of activities, the organizers say that young people are going to enjoy this Easter period. Activities include a range of sporting and training opportunities; indoor and outdoor play activities; outings to local parks and beaches; magic and circus skills; handicrafts; music; cooking; theater workshops; yoga and mindfulness, and much more. The activities are free and all come with a healthy meal.
Councilor Andrew Leadbetter, the council’s cabinet member responsible for children’s services, said: ‘School holidays can be difficult for some families, with extra food costs for example and reduced incomes. For some, this may lead to a holiday experience gap, with children perhaps more likely to feel socially isolated and less likely to engage in healthy exercise.
“We know from our previous holiday activity and catering programs how much children and young people enjoy this time, and we are delighted to be working with even more providers over the Easter holidays to organize an even more There are still places available for some activities, so I would encourage parents aged 5 to 16, whose children are eligible for free school meals linked to the allowance, to check our website to see what is happening near of them.”
Activities are also available for other children who are considered to benefit from the program. For more program information, eligibility, and details of what, where, and when the activities take place, visit our Vacation Activities and Food Program webpage. Or email inquiries to [email protected]
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