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Nottingham Forest Community Trust appointed as lead project partner for 2022 Nottingham Holiday Activity and Food programme.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust appointed as lead project partner for 2022 Nottingham Holiday Activity and Food programme.

Nottingham Forest Community Trust has been appointed by Nottingham City Council as the lead project partner for this year’s Holiday Activity and Food programme.

In partnership with Nottingham City Council and the Department for Education, the Trust delivered Free Fun and Food as part of the Holiday Activity and Food programme over the Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays during 2021.

The largest programme in the Trust’s history, in 2021 Free Fun and Food provided enriching activities and healthy meals to thousands of local children from families who could benefit from extra support over the holidays.

Following the appointment, Nottingham Forest Community Trust will lead the project across a number of sites in the city and the programme will take place for one week at Easter, three weeks in the summer, one week in October and one week at Christmas.

The programme aims to reduce social isolation and ensures that attending participants eat healthily and be active over the school holidays, as well as giving them the opportunity to take part in engaging and enriching activities which supports the development of resilience, character, and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment.

Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said:

“We welcomed news in November that the Government would continue this vital funding for a further three years. In areas of the country like Nottingham it’s a genuine lifeline for families who are struggling.

“In a week where we’ve seen energy prices soar, support like this can make a huge difference for hard-working people across Nottingham. We want to help them in every way we can.

“Nottingham has around 15,000 children eligible for free school meals, and many of these families will already be feeling the strain following the removal of the Government’s £20 Universal Credit uplift. It is right and proper that we are given this funding to ensure healthy meals for children in need.”

Graham Moran CEO, Nottingham Forest Community Trust said:

“Nottingham Forest Community Trust are delighted to be named as the Lead Partner for HAF and our ambition is to build on the great success of the 2021 programme by delivering even more high-quality fun-based activities and food provision in 2022.

“Our positive partnership with the City Council, local community-based organisations and businesses last year proved that a collaborative approach involving the public, private and third sectors can deliver great outcomes for Nottingham people.”

Parents and guardians are advised to keep an eye out for future announcements on the Trust’s website and social media channels to book children onto sessions.

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