FEAST OF FUN 

Feast of Fun is a partnership of local churches, community groups and schools that offer a range of holiday activities, including healthy snacks and lunches.  It is a grass–roots response to offer support for the many families who struggle during the summer holidays.

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.

Starting in 2014 (as Hope4Summer) each year the project grows and enjoys the support of new partners.  In 2017 we were especially delighted to be working with the North York Moors Centre taking families on trips to Danby to enjoy a range of outdoor activities. Over 500 children & their parents enjoyed fantastic days out in the great outdoors learning survival skills, going on mini-best safaris and much more.  In 2017 we welcomed a whole new generation of volunteers, older people through Faithfully Ageing Better, who shared their time, skills and talents with the children and families to create a "Feast of Fun across the Generations."  It has been wonderful to see how much the children and older volunteers have enjoyed spending time together, you can enjoy their fun and enjoyment in this short film A Feast of Fun across the Generations. 

FEAST OF FUN is a great example of churches, community groups and schools working together to make a difference to hundreds of children and families. To find out more watch the Feast of Fun Film. 

In Summer 2018 Feast of Fun took place in 23 communities across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland during the six week school holidays, providing lots of fun activities, healthy food and amazing trips for almost 1,000 children and their families.  Each club had a special theme with Knights and Dragons in Easterside, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in North Ormesby and Superheroes in Berwick Hills to name a few. 

We worked with even more partners this year, so as well as a dozen trips to the North York Moors Centre at Danby, there were also trips to The Bowes Museum and MIMA, as well as of couple of trips to the sea-side. We were also excited about the expansion of cooking experiences offered to children and families thanks to Quorn Foods and Elizabeth's Kitchen.  You can find out more about the impact of Feast of Fun 2018 here.

FIRST STEPS IN THE COMMUNITY

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.