You might think that most schoolchildren can’t wait for the summer holidays, but for many young people the summer holidays spell worry and hunger. We need your help to change this.
Today in Newham, 2 in 5 children and young people are living in poverty and the arrival of the summer holidays presents a huge challenge for families already struggling to cope. The removal of free school meals and the routine and structure provided by schools leaves many children in danger of falling behind developmentally or even becoming involved in more risky behaviours.
We want to help ensure that no child has to endure the stress that poverty can cause and ensure they return to school ready to learn.
Our annual Summer School provides creative opportunities and activities as well as free healthy lunches to children and young people in Newham from low-income families. Offered in partnership with Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, the summer school provides a safe and accessible environment where young people can challenge themselves to try something new, build their confidence and learn about the creative industry. A local teacher said of the scheme:
"Children and young people from low income families often face barriers to developing their skills and creativity. This summer school is great opportunity as it allows them to participate in meaningful and productive activities for free, where there would otherwise be little or no provision for them during the holidays."
Help us towards our £3,000 target by having your donation doubled
In order to provide this opportunity we rely on donations and need to raise £3,000. You can help lift a child out of poverty and give them a summer to remember by donating via The Big Give - your donation will be doubled during the week of Monday 11th June (from midday) until Friday 15th June (until midday) meaning no matter how big or small, your support will go twice as far towards our goal of ending holiday hunger for good.
- 3 million children are at risk of hunger during the school holidays
- Children in poorer areas saw their spelling skills decline or stagnate over the summer holidays, taking weeks to make up the learning loss
- 436,938 emergency food parcels distributed by the Trussell Trust in 2016-17 were for children
- The loss of free school meals during the holidays costs a family £30-40 per week
(A Feeding Britain Report 2018)