Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) are playing a key role in supporting children’s well-being and tackling holiday hunger in Wythenshawe over the Easter Holidays.
The WCHG Youth Team and volunteers worked with the Manchester’s Youth and Play network, and delivered an impressive 3480 holiday activity packs to children from 21 primary schools across Wythenshawe accessing the free school meal scheme.
Every child will receive a bag of fun things to do, including a lunch voucher for a hot meal for every day of the Easter holidays. We wanted to let the young people know we are thinking of them during this time because of Covid-19 we can’t offer the holidays programmes that we would usually through our Youth and Play provision.
Funding for the project has come from the Department of Education (DfE) via Manchester City Council (MCC) who distribute to different youth and play charities across the city to over 21,000 Children making it a Manchester wide scheme that will ensure that children get a boost over Easter after what has been a tough year.
The bags were delivered to the different primary schools by a host of volunteers with delivery support coming from City in the Community and WCHG’s Wythenshawe Works operatives.
WCHG Executive Director of Housing & Community Investment Paul Seymour said “I would like to convey a huge thank you, on behalf of the Board and senior leadership team, for what the teams and volunteers have been doing, because this is making a real difference to our young people in Wythenshawe. Holiday hunger is a big issue in Wythenshawe and across England and we know that Marcus Rashford and others have raised this issue, we want to make sure that we are doing the right thing for our communities during this tough time. The bags contain activities for our younger children to play and have fun over the Easter school holidays which we hope they will enjoy”.