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Food and Fun this summer across Caerphilly county

Posted on : 19 Aug 2019

Food and Fun this summer across Caerphilly county
Upper Rhymney Primary School
Education Minister Kirsty Williams AM visited one of Caerphilly Councils Food and Fun sessions hosted in Upper Rhymney Primary School today.

Working in partnership with local food suppliers and voluntary organisations, Caerphilly Council are hosting schemes in 7 Primary Schools over the summer as part of the wider Welsh Government and WLGA School Holiday Enrichment Programme (SHEP).

Each location will host at least 12 sessions over the summer holidays and are able to cater for up to 40 children in each area; spaces are allocated on a first come first serve basis as applications are received. The 4 hour sessions offer a whole host of fun activities for youngsters to enjoy.

A comprehensive programme of activities has been developed for each scheme hosted in the following schools; St James Primary, Upper Rhymney Primary, Graig Y Rhacca Primary, Markham Primary, Pantside Primary, White Rose Primary and Trinity Fields, all of which encompass the School Holiday Enrichment Programme ethos of Food and Fun.

The youngsters are encouraged to take part in outdoor play activities building dens and obstacle courses and also take part in the daily mile. The Sport Caerphilly Team have played a key role in delivering structured sporting activities and interactive games during each session. 

The sessions also have a keen focus on nutrition, children are encouraged to try new foods and take part in making healthy snacks which they can enjoy in addition to the healthy meals prepared by the Caerphilly Catering Team with the produce donated by local food suppliers.

Following the successful introduction of the SHEP model in other areas, Lansbury Community Council have funded additional sessions for Lansbury Park residents and with the support of the Early Years Team have been able to mirror the offerings of the other locations with the added benefit of day trips.

Kirsty Williams said, “Working in partnership with the WLGA, our Food and Fun programme is improving our children’s health and well-being, providing them with fun learning opportunities, and helps some young people overcome social isolation during the school holidays.

“It’s great to see that more schools than ever across Wales will be running these schemes this year so that even more young people will benefit.”

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Leader, Cllr. Dave Poole, said, “Our sessions have proved extremely popular this summer and it just reinforces the positive impact we can make in our communities with strong partnership working.

He continued, “The sessions are co-ordinated by the Early Years Team who have received endless support from local food suppliers, community councils, council services and local charitable organisations, all of which are truly embracing the Team Caerphilly ethos working together to create caring communities.”

Councillor Debbie Wilcox (Newport), WLGA Spokesperson for Education said, “I’m delighted that local government working in partnership with Welsh Government are able to support families at what can often be a challenging time over the summer holidays."

"The Food and Fun programme is designed to bring positive outcomes for participating young people and their families by providing opportunities to socialise, learn and enjoy delicious nutritious meals. Its extraordinary growth in only three years clearly shows that these schemes are valued locally by communities, and I’m excited to see how this year’s programme will provide the young people taking part with life-enhancing experiences and opportunities.”

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