Healthy Holidays programme to support families over the half-term holidays

Good Food Barnsley, working in partnership with Feeding Britain, have allocated funding for the Healthy Holidays programme to enable Barnsley Council’s Area Teams to support families over the October half-term holidays.

The Area Teams are working to deliver localised offers for the different areas whilst making sure they can help to support families safely through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. From hosting online live sessions to delivering food boxes, the teams are making sure that the holidays are healthy and happy for families across the borough. 

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "It's great that we're able to help children and families in Barnsley to stay healthy and safe over the holidays. By working alongside partners and through our Area Teams, we're supporting families to eat well over the half term and delivering fun activities to keep everyone entertained." 

Take a look at what the council's Area Teams have been up to over the holidays below: 

Central Area    

The council's Central Area Team have been sharing recipe cards online, helping residents to cook healthy and family-friendly meals. On Wednesday 28 October, they live-streamed a cooking demonstration on the Central Area Team Facebook page. The team are offering free ingredients, recipe cards, and extra goodies to those referred to them who have recently gone through financial difficulty. 

Dearne Area and North East Area   

Dearne and North East Area Teams have joined up to provide families with fresh fruit and vegetable boxes during the half-term holidays. The teams have linked up with partners to identify families who might benefit from a box. Families will receive fresh fruit and veg, including a pumpkin for Halloween, delivered to their home. Boxes also contain extra items like recipe cards, an activity booklet for children, and Halloween crafts, all funded through the Ward Alliances. 

The teams have also joined up with the support of volunteers to create digital content to engage with families during the half-term holidays. Families can join in online with cooking demos and craft sessions on the teams' social media pages. 

North Area   

The North Area Team are working in partnership with Athersley Family Centre, Ad Astra, and Athersley Community Shop.  

In Old Town, Ad Astra are providing thirty activity and sports packs to families. They're also giving out fifty packs to families in St Helens, where Athersley Family Centre will be giving out fruit and veg boxes to 23 families in the area. 

On weekdays, the Community Shop will be providing lunch bags, and are handing out around 180 family ingredients boxes each week. They're hosting live virtual sessions with chefs to demonstrate how the ingredients can be used to make family-friendly meals, alongside other live video events including advice on health and what to do with pumpkin leftovers. 

South Area   

The South Area team are helping to supply food boxes to a local primary school for students on free school meals. After St Helen's School in Hoyland had to close due to staffing reasons, boxes were delivered to 42 free school meal students for eight days up to half-term, with extra boxes planned to help families during the half-term break. 

In partnership with Darfield Ward Alliance, the South Team are also offering free activity packs to help keep children entertained over the holidays. 

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