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Successful FUEL programme to be delivered again this summer

Over 700 young people took part in the FUEL programme during the summer holidays in 2021

Published 10 June 2022
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Wiltshire Council will be delivering its successful Holiday Activity and Food (FUEL) programme again this summer. The programme provides children eligible for benefits related free school meals with access to free high quality activities, nutritious meals and food education during the school summer holidays.

The FUEL programme is delivered with funding from the Department for Education and will run for four weeks during the summer holidays from 1 August to 25 August 2022. Eligible families will be able to sign up through their schools in the next few months.

Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills said; "The FUEL programme supports Wiltshire Council's priority to ensure that all young people get the best start in life.

"The FUEL camps not only provide hot food, healthy eating advice and a range of activities but also support in the development of character and wellbeing of participants along with wider educational attainment.

"I visited one of the Easter FUEL camps and was delighted to see the participants having fun, enjoying a tasty meal as well as being creative and active."

Over 700 young people took part in the FUEL programme during the summer holidays in 2021. They took via ten face-to-face holiday activity camps, which took place in areas of the county where there is the greatest need. The camps were delivered in partnership with Learn By Design, Occasional Kitchen and Purely Nutrition.

The camps provided the opportunity for all participants to take part in a range of enriching activities, including laser tag, team games, arts and crafts and Olympic activities. Participants also took part in nutritional workshops, including making healthy burgers and marshmallow bunnies. Over 3,720 hot nutritious meals were also provided along with healthy snacks each day.

Two FUEL Easter camps for young people with special educational needs and/or a disability also took place at Springfield Community Campus in Corsham and at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury. These sessions will be available again throughout August and individuals will be able to take part in activities such as dodgeball, dance, new age kurling, cricket and boccia.

For further information about the Holiday Activity and Food Programme in Wiltshire please email (opens new window).

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