Healthier holidays for our communities

Our Community Projects Team have been working across Greater Manchester this summer to provide activities and healthy meals for children to help reduce food poverty during the school holidays as well as giving local children an opportunity to socialise, learn new skills and get active.

A four day ‘Healthy Fun Day’ event at the UCAN Centre in Farnworth, was a huge success with the children learning new skills such as making key rings and decorating plant pots.  Thank you to Sport England and Bolton CVS for funding the project.

Debbie, Community Projects Worker said:  “With little else to do in the local area during the school holidays both the children that attended and their parents were extremely grateful for the activities.  We played lots of games which got everyone interacting with each other.. A karaoke / disco ended the week and even the shyest of us got up to sing a song!  A much needed project which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone that attended.”

Over in Bredbury our Jean Byer’s Hub hosted a successful Summer Soccer School with over 30 children taking part each day.  Special thanks to Stockport County player Sam Miniham who took time out to coach the children and to Forever Manchester CDL for funding the project. 

One of the attendees, Shannon, said:  “I love coming to the Summer Soccer Schools, this will be my third one.  I really enjoy playing football and getting to meet new friends plus being coached by Stockport Country Coaches is great - I have learnt so many new skills.  I was also given the chance to be a Ball Girl at the Stockport County game against Barrow - this was amazing.  We got to meet the Manager and the players - this was definitely a night I will remember. I would also like to say thank you to Cath, who has made us our lunch all week.”

Big thanks to the Jean Byer’s Hub and Mossbank Homes for funding a Family Fun Day last week which brought the community together in the summer sunshine.  There was a fantastic turnout - over 200 local residents attended, getting involved in activities such as an inflatable assault course and climbing wall.

Across Hulme, Longsight and Rushholme, our Community Projects Team have also been working with a fantastic social enterprise  ‘Healthy Me, Healthy Communities’, supporting them with funding to provide events for families during the school holidays with holiday meals and activities.

Cath, Community Projects Officer at MSV, said:  “It has been challenging, but to see the children’s smiles makes it all worthwhile. The events have been a great success with lots of children attending, having fun but most of all having a healthy lunch. Roll on next summer!”

Thanks to all our wonderful colleagues, partners and volunteers for their hard work to make the summer holiday events such a great success, providing support for local families in the process.

2nd September 2019

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