Support for Families
In partnership, Active Essex, Maldon District Council and Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service pulled together a working group to focus on families and the support they could offer to them during school holidays.
A survey was created to help the partners fully understand the challenges families face during school holidays and the type of support that would be useful. The survey was supported by schools within the district and sent out via their administration. The survey highlighted that families needed support with both food and childcare over school holidays across the Maldon District. Parents and Carers said they’d prefer vouchers to food parcels, giving them the flexibility to shop for the needs of their family and support with activity and childcare would be vital.
In collaboration with both the Plume School in Maldon and Ormiston in Burnham Active Essex planned for the academic year 2020/21, consisting of using the school’s facilities, providing hot meals, activity sessions and involvement from services across the district so families were able to find out what support was available.
As we move forward we want to marry the approaches pre-Covid and post-Covid to ensure the delivery is of a high standard and the young people have a positive experience with activity. We need to ensure that the support is there for the whole family and that we provide education around food, financial sustainability and the importance of being active.Simon King, Active Essex Relationship Manager for Mid Essex