Investing to make sure no child misses breakfast
More than £20,000 has been invested by Wychavon in making sure children across the district have a proper breakfast to start the day.
The funding is supporting 19 breakfast clubs in schools, as well as wraparound care, and is part of Wychavon's commitment to improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged children and their families. Several studies have shown children who eat breakfast have better levels of concentration, alertness, comprehension, memory and learning.
The funding follows a similar scheme that ran at the same time last year. In the last 12 months, Wychavon has also backed 24 projects with Social Mobility Grants to support disadvantaged children, worked with the NHS to screen more than 900 children across 29 schools for speech and language issues and funded 67 laptops to pupils who did not qualify for the Government scheme, so they could continue to learn during lockdown.
More than 2,100 children are receiving Free School Meals in Wychavon, an increase of 20% since January 2020. The figure could rise further as the full impact of the pandemic becomes clear.
Wychavon has committed £400,000 to improve social mobility up until 2024.
Cllr Chris Day, Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: "Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still committed to doing everything we can to make sure every child in our district has the opportunity to make the most of the talents they have and fulfil their potential. We're grateful to our schools and other partners for the tremendous work they do and their support in helping us to change lives for the better."