Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos in Penparcau is the first school in Ceredigion to deliver the Food and Fun Scheme to its pupils.
The Food and Fun Scheme, a Welsh Government and Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) initiative, is a quality-assured, school-based scheme that provides healthy meals, food and nutrition education, physical activity and enrichment sessions to children and young people across Wales during the summer holidays. The scheme was an opportunity for children and young people to socialise and participate in a range of activities in their local communities.
Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos, who piloted the scheme in partnership with Ceredigion Actif, Ceredigion Youth Service, Ceredigion County Council’s Catering Department, Healthy Schools and Dietitians from Public Health, welcomed 30 children along with their families through the doors over the summer. The scheme was delivered for three weeks during the summer holidays, providing an exciting timetable of activities and healthy meals to its participants. At the end of every week, families had the opportunity to join their children at the school for a family lunch.
Catrin Miles, Cabinet member for Learning Services, Lifelong Learning and Leisure said, “We are extremely proud of Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos for their work in delivering the first Food and Fun Scheme of its kind in Ceredigion. The scheme offered a range of opportunities for children to have fun, socialise and learn about their health and wellbeing. This scheme has proved successful in bridging the gap for many pupils over the summer holiday and we hope to be able to extend the scheme to other eligible schools in the county next year so that even more children and young people will benefit.”
Laura Mayos, one of the Scheme’s Coordinators said, “The Food and Fun Pilot Scheme at Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos was a huge success and we hope to be able to build upon the scheme for next year. It was great to be able to offer the provision to some of our year four and five pupils including pupils from our resource bases at the school, during the summer holiday. The summer holiday can often feel like a long time for some children and their families and therefore we saw the value in delivering this scheme to our pupils and parents.
Together we created a packed timetable of fun and educational activities for the pupils, which included food tasting workshops, multi-sports activities, nature crafts and cookery to name but a few. We would like to thank a number of business and supermarkets whom kindly donated to the scheme, which enabled us to extend the activities and experiences that we were able to offer our pupils during the duration of the scheme.”