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Funding Boost for Council Summer Holiday Programmes

Councils across Scotland have been boosted with funding of £10million from the Scottish Government to provide free childcare, activities and healthy food to struggling families.

The funding supports existing summer holiday programmes for  those aged 5 – 14. It can also be used to develop new ones.

COSLA is the organisation which represents Scotland’s local authorities.

COSLA Children and Young People’s Spokesperson Councillor Tony Buchanan said:

“The rising cost of living is exacerbating the already stark and unacceptable reality of poverty in the lives of children, young people, families and communities. We are pleased that this additional funding will enable local authorities to build on their regular summer programmes to enhance opportunities and support for priority groups of children and young people.

“Councils and their local delivery partners will provide varied programmes, incorporating activities, childcare, and food provision, in line with local needs and guided by what children, young people, and families themselves say will make a difference.” 

Active Schools Orkney delivers a range of summer activities throughout the islands.

Click on this link for Orkney’s : Summer Holiday Programme

Education Secretary in the Scottish Government, Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“School holidays can be expensive for families, especially when household bills are soaring. This funding means children and young people who really need it will be able to access coordinated childcare, activities and nutritious food over the summer.

“They will have opportunities to play, socialise and access a range of activities that broaden their experiences and supplement their learning.

“Support will be targeted at the six priority family types at greatest risk of poverty, including lone parent families and families with a disabled adult or child. We have a national mission to tackle child poverty and, along with £21.75 million in funding for alternative holiday food provision for families eligible for free school meals, this offer will provide much-needed support over the summer.”

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