help for families and children

Coun Liz Plant
Coun Liz Plant

Two innovative schemes in full swing this summer in Worksop provide excellent examples of work taking place within communities to support families and children.

During the school holidays this summer, free healthy snack packs are being made available to children who live in the town who are eligible for free school meals during term time

The scheme is a partnership between Notts County Council, the BCVS Bassetlaw Food Bank, Notts Children and Families Partnership and local food producers.

Families have been able to collect the snack packs from a number of children’s centres in Worksop during weekdays since the start of August and will be able to until Monday, 1st September .

Meanwhile as part of a separate initiative, the council is working with the charity Barnardo’s on a three-year project to improve opportunities for around 40 children living on the Manton estate.

Children aged between the ages of eight to 13 who are at risk of offending, or those who are disadvantaged or struggling with school attendance, have been offered places on a programme of indoor and outdoor activities, and individual mentoring.

The project works with a range of partner agencies, to boost their self-esteem and skills.

We are very pleased to be working with Barnardo’s and as project commissioners, we can ensure that the project is delivering on the outcomes set out at the start.

As part of the scheme which is running until 2016, there are a number of summer activities currently taking place for the children which have included den building, sports and various creative and educational activities.