Funding from believe housing has already helped to provide fun, activities, and in many cases food, for almost 500 youngsters during the school holidays.
Families in communities stretching from Horden to West Auckland are benefitting from a range of projects during the six-week long holiday supported by believe housing. Characters from Toy Story brought smiles to visitors at Esh Winning and shadow puppet shows in Wheatley Hill have kept scores of children and families entertained over the summer break.
The activities have all been part of believe housing’s extensive community funding programme. Charities and community organisations that are best placed to run the free sessions have been identified in each area, with funding of up to £15,000 from believe housing.
The County Durham based housing association, which provides homes to more than 18,000 families in the area, has identified several communities as priority areas to offer extra support. Other communities to benefit this summer have included Willington, Shotton Colliery and Station Town.
Each community has events tailored to their needs and has included community cookery workshops and lunch clubs.
Community Investment Officer from believe housing, Amy Glendinning, said: “The school holidays are one of the most financially challenging times of the year for many families. The funding we’ve provided has helped local community groups to put on a huge array of activities during the summer break.
“Many of the projects we’ve funded have also included free meals for youngsters and their parents or carers.
“As a social landlord we fully embrace our wider role in the communities we serve. Initiatives like these are a great way to support families in a really practical way, alongside the array of other support we offer in areas like training and employability support.”