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Most people look back and remember their school holidays as some of the best times of their lives. Going on trips and days out, times with their friends and family, free of school work and responsibility, maybe attending a holiday camp or activities week. What isn’t to like? Unfortunately for many young people growing up in Bristol today, this is not their experience.
Underlying poverty and community issues have been exacerbated by the economic crisis and the change to Universal Credit. This has left many families unable to afford access to these opportunities, and in many cases has even undermined their ability to access basic needs such as food and getting three meals a day. So, rather than looking forward to the school holidays, the holidays have become for many a stressful time, when families who already struggle find it even harder to provide for their children and young people.
THE STRUGGLE in Bristol and particularly South Bristol:
Bristol has 18,900 children (under 16) in low-income families (23.2%), higher than the England average (20.1%) and higher than the previous year, with significant inequalities in the city.
The city has more than 13,500 young people who are entitled to free school meals (FSM).
In Bristol, 37 per cent of our 37,257 children take FSMs – significantly higher than the national average of 13.6%. There is also significant inequality in the city, and in some places the same neighbourhood. That inequality among our mainstream primary schools is most stark in South Bristol. The FSM% can rise to as high as 70% in many of the schools in this community.
Deprivation in the city has deteriorated over the last five years with Filwood and Hartcliffe & Withywood among the most deprived wards not only in the city, but the whole of the country.
As resources are scarce there is a lack of provision of affordable childcare for this age range and good quality activities in South Bristol.
Children and young people who receive FSMs do not receive them during school holidays.
The answer we have come up with is to BREAK FREE from these issues.
To Break Free from:
Being hungry during the school holidays or being unable to cover the costs of lunches during these times.
Having nothing to do during the holidays.
Having nowhere to go other than staying at home or out on the streets.
Having no-one to talk to.
Having to pay for high-quality services.
Screens and boredom.
Break Free is a programme that delivers a range of accessible activities at the same time as alleviating holiday hunger. Our work is based on years of working in communities in South Bristol, feedback from young people and families and what we know works. It is a simple concept that uses a great consortium of partner agencies who want to be a part of the solution. The project is led and delivered by organisations who understand these struggles and have the existing relationships with the young people, families and partners to deliver the programme. We also have some brilliant partners who donate resource and food, such as Boston Tea Party, Arthur David and Hobbs House Bakery.
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Sep 13, 2021
Well Done Unitary Engineering for supporting a great cause at the UES Cricket and Fun Day on Saturday 11th September - Keep up the good work!!! All the best from SBS Ltd - Bristol Branch
Sep 11, 2021
Great day to be involved with - hope we hit our target of £5000
Sep 9, 2021
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