Ten families will remember the summer holidays as a mixture of fun, fitness and fabulous food… and it was all free!
Thanks to Regenda Homes, our residents on the Limehurst estate in Oldham enjoyed four weeks of organised sessions which kept them entertained, encouraged them to exercise and ensured they were all well fed.
The Holiday Kitchen project was aimed at low income families who knew they would find the long school holidays especially difficult.
“For some families the summer holidays bring real challenges, with no free school meals and the loss of regular social contact and play opportunities for the children. We wanted to ensure family-focussed learning and play activity could continue with the added bonus of nutritious food and improved wellbeing,” said Regenda Homes executive director, Stephanie Harrison.
The Holiday Kitchen project included healthy eating and cooking, sport, team-building, movement and drama.
Local mum Jess Bryer, who took part with her two children, said:”We went to all the sessions and thoroughly enjoyed them. We already do lots with our children and if families are offered the chance to do things like this, free of charge, they should do it.”
Whatever activities families took part in, plenty of fresh fruit, water and cereals was provided. Those who chose to cook also enjoyed making soup, healthy pizzas and low fat biscuits.
Regenda Homes was one of 11 housing associations which ran free summer activities for residents across Greater Manchester.
The project was so successful we hope to repeat it next year.