2021 Healthy Holidays Volunteers
Whether you can spare a day or a week, we really need your help to run an exciting programme for children across the city.
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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Leeds City Council’s Community Hub Healthy Holiday Programme

Leeds City Council is appealing for volunteers to help run this year’s Healthy Holidays programme.

The Healthy Holidays programme has been running since 2018 and provides children living in poverty with nutritious food, fun and engaging activities, and the chance to make friends and develop new skills during the school holidays. The programme also helps to ease the extra pressure some families are under during this time. The council runs the programme in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation and it is supported by the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme.

This summer, the scheme will run from 2nd August to 3rd September, every week for four days per week. Volunteers will be involved in a range of activities and can dedicate as much or as little time as they are able to.

Volunteers will be involved in:

  • Supporting children and young people to have a fun and safe day;
  • Ensuring those taking part have access to water and refreshments;
  • Answering questions that children might have about the activities;
  • Helping serve up lunch (we can provide access to a Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification for people who are volunteering with us for over a week);
  • Keeping the venue tidy and safe for everyone taking part.

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for economy, culture and education said:

“We are very pleased the scheme is continuing to grow so that more vulnerable children than ever before have access to nutritious meals and a range of engaging and educational activities during the holidays. The scheme relies on its incredible volunteers and I would really encourage you to dedicate some of your free time to helping children make amazing memories in the school holidays”

Councillor Mary Harland, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for communities said:

“Healthy Holidays plays a vital role in supporting some of the city’s most vulnerable families during the school holidays and the programme’s volunteers are instrumental in its success. Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to your community and, in this case, make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in Leeds. If you are able to, I’d really encourage you to apply online or contact the team for more information.”

Leeds Community Foundation distributes grants and provides support to community organisations across the city, tackling inequalities and working together to create opportunities for those that need help the most. The Leeds Community Foundation Healthy Holidays Fund supports vulnerable schoolchildren and their families by distributing grants to local projects addressing holiday hunger through nutritious meals alongside sport, creative and social activities.

We work with a wide range of partners across Leeds to deliver healthy holiday programmes that tackle hunger, isolation and inactivity. Donations will contribute to funding the Healthy Holidays programme to distribute in grants throughout 2020/2021.

Leeds Community Foundation is responsible for raising 100% of our core costs. Accordingly, we need to ensure that we cover all our overheads including the costs of governance, and of advising and administering any funds. We take a management and contribution fee on all funds managed by the Foundation, which is reinvested in staff time to run our efficient and effective grant programmes, conduct full due diligence, and provide practical support and advice to local community projects. Thank You for choosing to support our work. Please donate to Leeds Community Foundation’s Healthy Holidays fundraiser here: www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com

To apply to be a volunteer, please click here

For more information, please email healthyholidays@leeds.gov.uk

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