In 2019 Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Catalyst joined forces with schools, churches and community groups to provide a packed ‘6 Weeks of Summer’ programme of free activities such as sports, music, cooking, gardening, drama and crafts.
The ‘6 Weeks of Summer’ programme is in response to a growing body of national evidence of a holiday experience gap – with children from disadvantaged families more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health. For many families the longer summer holidays can be a struggle with children at home and no free school meals. The daily struggle with hunger can rule out any chance children might have of going out and enjoying themselves, leading to inactivity, isolation and loneliness.
Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue as they can have a positive impact on children and families through providing consistent and easily accessible enrichment activities and healthy nutritious food.
21 providers from across the Borough offered a range of fun and interactive activities as well as a hot and cold meals and food parcels to take home. Overall 1380 children and 420 families benefited from attending these sessions.
The infographic below highlights the key achievements of the ‘6 Weeks of Summer’ programme.
Click here? to read the full Evaluation Report on the coordination and delivery of the 21 Holiday Enrichment Projects that took place across Stockton-on-Tees.