Minister for Youngsters visits Club4 camp at Excessive Ashurst Outside Training Centre

Minister for Youngsters, Households and Wellbeing and East Surrey MP Claire Coutinho visited Excessive Ashurst Outside Training Centre on Monday 31 July.

Excessive Ashurst is considered one of Surrey’s Outside Studying & Improvement centres and is house to one of many county’s ‘Club4’ camps. Funded by the Division for Training (DfE), Club4 is Surrey’s response to the Authorities’s nationwide Vacation Actions & Meals (HAF) programme which offers help for households whose kids are on advantages associated free faculty meals throughout the longer faculty holidays.

The Club4 programme covers six weeks of the summer time holidays and gives a large unfold of camps in native communities, weighted to these areas of the county more likely to see the very best demand. Throughout the summer time holidays alone, slightly below 40,000 locations are being made out there throughout 160 areas. The Club4 programme is run by Energetic Surrey on behalf of the council.

Throughout her go to to Excessive Ashurst, a regional champion for the South East within the nationwide HAF 2023 awards, the Minister noticed among the actions happening, talked to various the kids and workers and took half in a woodland craft and expertise session.

Claire Coutinho, Minister for Youngsters, Households and Wellbeing and MP for East Surrey stated: “The Vacation Actions and Meals Programme performs a very vital function in filling that hole between phrases and offering childcare and meals provision over the vacations.

“It’s been actually nice to see every little thing that Surrey Outside Studying & Improvement is offering kids with over the vacations and the way they’re educating our youngsters useful expertise whereas ensuring they’re having enjoyable over the vacations.”

Clare Curran, Surrey County Council Cupboard Member for Training & Studying stated: “We all know that college holidays will be troublesome occasions for households who wrestle financially, so I’m happy that we’re capable of present free vacation actions and meals membership locations for many who want them all through the summer time holidays.

“We’re delighted that the Minister has chosen to go to one of many 160+ HAF areas in Surrey. Locations at camps just like the one at Excessive Ashurst assist preserve kids protected, occupied and fed throughout the faculty holidays, and make an actual distinction to the happiness and well being of households who wouldn’t in any other case have entry to vacation exercise camps.

“This supply is especially invaluable throughout the ongoing value of dwelling disaster, which we all know represents an enormous problem for households, and aligns with our tenet that nobody in Surrey is left behind.”

Lil Duggan, Managing Director of Energetic Surrey, stated: “Greater than 50% of kids in Surrey are lacking NHS pointers to be energetic for at the least 60 minutes a day. The nutritious meals and bodily actions supplied at Club4 camps are very important in safeguarding the well being and wellbeing of younger individuals who want it most.

“The camps may even enhance faculty attendance for some kids: conserving them engaged throughout the lengthy break helps them construct social expertise and make new associates.”

The Club4 programme makes up a part of the council’s supply to households in want this summer time, with the council additionally having agreed to proceed funding Free Faculty Meals for eligible kids throughout the faculty vacation. Extra data on that’s out there right here.


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