Families will have an extra helping hand with cost of living over the long winter holidays. The Healthy Holidays programme, which has been a staple over the summer break for several years, will run from Monday December 19 through to Friday December 30. Hundreds of free activity sessions, with food provided, will be open to all children and young people in the city.
Sessions available will include swimming, ice skating, holiday camps, boxing, arts, dance, music and more – all completely free of charge. A total of 50 community groups will be involved in delivering activities within their local areas. Provision will also be on offer at leisure centres museums and libraries.
The comprehensive programme includes dedicated activities for children, young people and families with additional needs (SEND).
Cllr Linda Tock, Portfolio Holder for Childrens, Young People, Families and Learning, said: “While the holidays are a time for celebrating, we appreciate that for so many local families, this year will also be stressful and difficult due to the continued cost of living crisis.”
“Our cost of living support package has been in place for some time now, and we know many local people have sought help. The Healthy Holidays programme is extra support for parents and carers – they can be assured that their children and young people have access to fun, exciting activities and the food is included. Like over the summer, it means every family has opportunities for days out, entertainment, sports, arts or whatever they enjoy, without having to worry about finding the money.”
“Now, as so many people are forced to cut not only luxuries, but make unthinkable choices like whether to eat or warm their homes, Healthy Holidays is more important than ever. As always, sessions are open to all and are taking place throughout the city, in all of our local communities.”