September 2019

Families First News

Difference we're making

Fit Fed & Read Summer 2019

Throughout the summer holidays The Herts Sports Partnership (HSP) – based at the University of Hertfordshire – delivered a holiday activities programme with a difference, for children from disadvantaged families across the county.

The Partnership’s award-winning Fit, Fed and Read programme seeks to address the triple inequalities of holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation experienced by some of Hertfordshire’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, aged 7-12yrs.

The Hertfordshire take on the National Street Games Fit and Fed campaign was held at Fire stations across the 10 Districts and Boroughs and with the support of the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire Libraries, Hertfordshire Constabulary, and Herts Catering Ltd – the principal supplier of school meals in the county – provided a programme of sport and activities, fun literacy and education sessions and a nutritious lunch as part of a programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The programme is offered free of charge to local youngsters that are eligible for free school meals and was attended by nearly 200 children with over 1600 attendances over the summer.

HSP Deputy Director, Jane Shewring said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer our Fit, Fed and Read programme across the county. Whilst for most of our young people, the summer holidays can be a time to enjoy life with family and friends, partake in overseas holidays and new experiences, for others it can be a rather miserable existence.

Too many of our young people are left vulnerable and isolated, when the support of their school is removed. Research shows that the intellectual, emotional and physical development of some of those young people can be thwarted as a result and holiday hunger – often linked to in-work poverty – is a real issue within some of our families

With the support of the National Lottery players and our key partner organisations, we can offer these programmes across Hertfordshire and with it some fantastic opportunities for local youngsters.”

Fit Fed & Read is funded to run each Easter and Summer holidays for the next three years with the Easter 2020 projects due to commence 6th April 2020. HSP urge any families, or family support services, that may be interested in finding out more to contact them at fitfedandread@herts.ac.uk or 01707 284229.

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