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£8 million secured for holiday activities and food programme

Published: Thursday, 24th June 2021

Bring it on Brum – the city’s summer holiday activities programme is on its way.

This summer Birmingham will be putting on the country’s biggest and most ambitious new holiday activities and food programme - Bring it on Brum!

More than £8m in funding has been secured from the Department for Education’s Holiday Activity Fund for Birmingham and the city council is working with a network of local schools, community groups and commercial activity providers to help them make this summer one for local children to remember.

Open to families with school-aged children aged 5-16, daily activities and food are being laid on for free for those who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

We are also calling for organisations who are interested in being an activity provider to contact us.

Throughout the holidays children will be able to enjoy fun and enriching activities along with a nutritious meal served to school meal standards. There will be sports and games, arts and crafts, and lots of different activities to help children socialize, learn something new, recharge their batteries and get ready to return to school.

A short film featuring Marcus Rashford explains more about the Holiday Activities and Food programme.

Cllr Jayne Francis, cabinet member for education, skills and culture, said: “We know there are families in our city who need support over the summer – with childcare during the working day, and to ensure their children can access good food. We’d love to hear from any providers who could step up to this opportunity and help us deliver within walking distance of those who will benefit from it most. Parents can play a big part too, by encouraging their local schools and any other community groups they know of to come forward and offer up their premises or help run a scheme.”

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