The Borough Council were successful in their bid for the Marcus Rashford inspired Holiday Activities and Food programme at two top venues in the Borough.
The funding provided free activities with a meal for three-16 year olds. Activities included a craft, physical and nutrition activity as well as a free two-course meal (with thanks to donations from Bidfood, Innocent and Proper Corn).
A free Family Fun Day at Itchen Valley Country Park for five Wednesdays across the summer were available for 400 children aged 3-10 and parent/carers. The offer included free bus transport from two specially laid out routes from the south and north of the Borough.
The Social took place on five Fridays across the summer in the outdoor space at The Point Eastleigh as a hangout for 11-16 year-olds. Sessions were filled with a range of activities with participants learning survival skills and den building, upcycling and filming. They also took part in a scavenger hunt around Leigh Park and created cardboard armour for their very own nerf battle, celebrating their victories with smoothies made themselves using a bicycle-powered blender.
The Connect4Communities project was funded by the Department for Education through Hampshire County Council with partners Xelabus, One Community, Arts Council England and GroundWork.
Cabinet Member for Social Policy, Councillor Tonia Craig, said: “We're proud to have been a successful recipient of this funding in order to provide this vital resource for families in the Borough this summer. We continue to support projects that provide resources for those being challenged due to the effects of the pandemic”.
Pictured: Nerf fun at The Point and the smoothie bike and crafts being enjoyed at Itchen Valley Country Park