For many families the summer holidays are a struggle with the children at home 24/7 and no free school meals, so the weekly budget has to stretch further for food and there is little left for activities and treats.  During the summer of 2013 Middlesbrough Foodbank saw a huge increase in demand for support for families and Safe Families For Children also had a big rise in referrals as vulnerable families struggled to cope.

In 2014 Hope4Summer began a practical grass roots response to offer support to families struggling during the summer holidays. Local churches worked together to offer some hope to local families by providing fun activities in a safe place for children with some healthy food.  This gave parents a break and also provided much-needed healthy nutrition. Sessions were either free or cost no more than 50p.

Hope4Summer was a great example of churches and local projects working together to make a difference to hundreds of children and families. To find out more watch the Hope 4 Summer Film or read the briefing paper that summarises the project. You can also read our Harvest of Learning which shows what a difference Hope4Summer can make in local communities.

Since 2014 Hope4Summer has developed into an all year round response with churches and community groups offering activities and food in school holidays beyond the summer. It has also grown in reach with more communities involved across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland.  To reflect this growth in the project, in 2017 it has been renamed as FEAST OF FUN. If you would like to find out more and get involved please contact us.



First Steps is a project of Footprints in the Community.  The project provides second hand baby clothes, pushchairs, Moses baskets, cots, etc. to clients in need of support. Clients can be referred to First Steps via agencies such as Sure Start or Social Services.  More information available at First Steps.