Enriching children's lives through food education and wheel sports
Understanding the vital need for holiday support, Kidz Active joined the Holiday Activity and Food programme to enhance children and families’ lifestyles in Uttlesford, through different funded activities and education.
Kidz Active engage and offer with thousands of children and their families, through physical activity, enrichment sessions, food nutrition and family days out, supporting residents’ wellbeing and bringing the local community together.
Offering memorable and unique family experiences is a priority for KidzActive, helping to bring the local community together and families to bond. During the winter HAF programme, they offered a free, Christmas family event called ‘Santa Boogie Wonderland’ and residents enjoyed ice skating, hot meals and hot chocolate, toasting marshmallows and a live DJ.
KidzActive have continued to expand their offer by participating in the Jamie Oliver, Ministry Of Food (MOF) training, and a visit from the MOF team in the summer has helped them to continue to deliver the multiple food programmes to the community and embed them during and alongside their HAF provision. They have also taken part in the Organisational Development programme, allowing them to understand their business setup and how different changes can better support their delivery.
With the support of the Active Essex team, Kidz Active have partnered up with their local leisure centre to provide swimming lessons to young people who attend their HAF clubs, teaching them vital swimming and coordination skills.
Through Find Your Active funding, six roller-skating disco parties were held to local families of all ages to support physical activity levels and try wheel-based sports, followed by a successful, community skate jam event at Great Dunmow skatepark, run by KidzActive and local organisations, to activate the local green space and introduce residents to cycling, scooting and skating.
Due to the success of the skate jam, KidzActive received funding from London Marathon Foundation, helping to engage over 100 children and families to try wheeled-based activities.