Fun activities and healthy food on offer for kids at holiday clubs this Christmas | News

A range of Christmas holiday clubs have been organized across North Yorkshire to enable children to learn new skills, socialize and have healthy food.

The FEASTive program will see activity sessions and event days taking place in every region of North Yorkshire during the holiday season. They include a stop motion animation workshop in Canariesboro where kids can learn how to make a festive short film; In addition to workshops where children can learn how to prepare their own Christmas dinner and Christmas gifts. Craft workshops, a mountain bike event at Sutton Bank, sports activities, dance workshops, woodland crafts and many other activities are also run.

We received funding to coordinate children’s health vacation activities from the Department of Education’s Activities and Vacations Program. The funding acknowledges that school holidays can put additional strain on family finances due to increased costs for food and childcare and aims to provide children with activities that help them stay healthy, active and socially connected and allow them to develop new skills.

Sessions are open to all children and youth in North Yorkshire, but are free for those who qualify for free benefits-related school meals. All sessions include a free hot meal or packed lunch, and all clubs will be held with Covid-19 safety measures which will be suitable for different activity sessions and venues.

Eligible families received an information package, along with a booklet with ideas for activities and things to do during the school holidays.

We commissioned North Yorkshire Together, a partnership of Rural Arts, North Yorkshire Sport and North Yorkshire Youth, to operate the program in the county under the FEAST North Yorkshire banner. FEAST stands for “Food, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Together”.

One participating organization is Flash Company Arts, which will operate the Flowergate Winter Feast Holiday Scheme from the Flowergate Hall Community Arts Center in Whitby.

In the four days leading up to Christmas, the Holiday Club will offer Christmas presents, cards and decorations, playing games, and singing carols, culminating in a Christmas party on Thursday. After Christmas, there will be more creative activities, a large selection of remote control cars to play with, games, and the chance to make New Year’s resolutions. There will also be breakfast, lunch and snacks provided.

Artistic Director and Program Director Rebecca Deneve said, “We have a team of art practitioners with many different skills. If a kid comes in and says they want to build a cardboard figurine or learn to play guitar, we can do that with them.”

“It’s all about the youth’s voice and being led by the kids. This is their vacation and a chance for them to just enjoy themselves.

“With everything going on around the pandemic, we want the kids to have a chance to relax and spend time together, so we built the time for them to relax and hang out together.

“We want to support their emotional well-being and give them a chance to feel safe, relax and enjoy themselves.”

The FEAST North Yorkshire vacation scheme was first launched earlier this year, during the summer holidays, when 15,909 vacation club places were made available in the county.

“We know that the pandemic has caused many mental, physical and financial hardships for families, children and young people,” said County Councilor Patrick Mulligan, executive member for Education and Skills. Being able to offer kids healthy meals, fun activities, and opportunities to socialize and learn new skills is crucial. We would like to thank all providers who have signed up for FEAST North Yorkshire and North Yorkshire Together for running the programme.

“We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from the families who took part in the scheme over the summer and know that plans like these can make a huge difference for the children and their families.”

North Yorkshire Together website It contains online resources and inspiration for activities all families can enjoy during the holidays, as well as a guide to vacation clubs taking place in the county.

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