30 Ceredigion pupils took part in the Welsh Local Government Association's (WLGA) Food and Fun Scheme at Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos this summer.
The Food and Fun Scheme, a WLGA initiative, is a school-based education programme that provides food and nutrition education, physical activity, enrichment sessions and healthy meals free of charge to children and young people across Wales during the summer holidays.
Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos, who first piloted the scheme in 2019, in partnership with Ceredigion County Council and Public Health Wales, welcomed 30 children along with their families to the scheme during the summer. The scheme ran for three weeks, offering 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. Pupils took part in activities such as football, multi-sports, zumba, arts and crafts, pottery painting, food tasting, nature crafts, play, rounders and more.
Councillor Wyn Thomas, Cabinet Member for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, said: “I had the opportunity to visit the Food and Fun Scheme at Ysgol Llwyn yr Eos during the summer and it was fantastic to see the children having so much fun and family lunch was also a success. 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 can benefit.”
Rebeca Davies and Rachel Cutler, Food and Fun Coordinators, said: “It was great to be able to offer the scheme to some of the school’s year four, five and six pupils during the summer holiday. The summer holiday can often feel like a long time for children and therefore we saw the value in delivering this scheme to families. Pupils had the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new experiences. As well as taking part in a variety of activities, we went swimming and also had a visit from the police dog and fire engine.
“We’d like to thank Morrisons supermarket for making a donation towards the bagiau bwyd and Plascrug Leisure Centre for providing family swim vouchers for children to take home with them at the end of the scheme, to all the providers who were involved in the activities and to the Local Authority's Catering Service for preparing healthy and tasty meals on a daily basis for the children and their families.”