Applications now open to support Summer 2020 Healthy Holiday scheme

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Applications are now open until 5pm, Friday 5 June 2020. for any organisation that wants to participate in the Tower Hamlets Healthy Holidays scheme, which runs from Wednesday 22 July to Monday 31 August 2020.

Funding is available to any organisations that runs a free holiday scheme for a minimum of:

  • Four hours per day;
  • Four days per week; and,
  • For four weeks between Wednesday 22 July and Monday 31 August 2020.

Key criteria

Participating clubs must provide at least one healthy meal per day, or opt-in to catering provision from the council if they are not able to provide this option.

They will also need to provide, or support access to, extra support for parents through welfare and debt advice, housing and employment support, and other services. Priority will be given to clubs in areas of the highest deprivation in Tower Hamlets.

The amount awarded will be based on the number of places available, with additional funding available to support special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) children.

Clubs must be targeted to free school meals eligible children and focused on healthy eating, staying active and preparing children for their return to school in September.

How to apply

Applicants must submit two plans by 5pm, Friday 5 June:

  1. How your club will run as ‘normal’ and,
  2. How you will operate, and deliver on the key criteria, if social distancing remains in place.

To view our guidelines and to apply visit the East End Community Foundation.

Support with your Application

Enquiries on the programme should be send to the East End Community Foundation grants team on grants@eastendcf.org

For support with completing and reviewing your application, contact the Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary on info@thcvs.org.uk or the Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets on alex@vcth.org.uk.

Joint applications from multiple applications are welcome.

About the Healthy Holidays scheme 

For many families the school holidays can mean an increase in cost, resulting from additional demands on their household like childcare, time-off work and extra meals.

Naturally, this impacts on the children involved, especially in low-income households. Children who aren’t fortunate enough to access organised out-of-school activities can have what is termed an unhealthy holiday or ‘experience gap’ when compared to their wealthier peers.

This can lead to longer-term challenges like poor nutrition, physical and mental health, reduced educational attainment and a higher likelihood of experiencing social isolation.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets offers free holiday clubs to give these children access to activities and good-quality catering over the school holidays. Some of this involves their parents too who, just like their children, might be learning to cook for the first time.

During Summer 2020, we’ll be running the Tower Hamlets Healthy Holiday programme, targeted to low-income households - especially those that are eligible to receive free school meals. The programme will offer healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children in the borough.

Posted on Tuesday 5th May 2020