YOUR Homes Newcastle (YHN) is working with the Greggs Foundation to fund a Breakfast Club programme in Newcastle schools.
YHN’s partnership with the foundation is supporting three schools across the city. The intention is to ensure that the children in the communities where the housing provider has homes have a healthy start to the day.
Thomas Walling Primary School in Blakelaw, Mountfield Primary School in Kenton and Broadwood Primary School in Denton Burn are all making a meal of the breakfast club, with staff from YHN also volunteering to help run the clubs each week.
Breakfast options include yoghurts, cereals, fruit and toast, while toys, games and books are available, and the children can take part in an energetic “Wake Up, Shake Up” physical fun session to get motivated before starting lessons.
Sonny Coxon, a nine-year-old student in Year 5B at Thomas Walling Primary School, said: “Breakfast Club is a great start to my day because I can get my breakfast there instead of at home. I can chat with my friends before school starts. It’s lots of fun.
“I like the food, the football table and other things. I have been coming to the club since I was in Year 3. My Mum also works here at the club, so it helps her too.”
The partnership between YHN and the Greggs Foundation was established in 2012 in an initiative to help support local families.
Tina Drury, YHN’s managing director, said: “The Greggs Breakfast Club is a fantastic initiative which delivers really positive results, and I’m so proud YHN is able to support some of our local schools to give children a healthy start to the day.
“It’s also good that we can show parents and children that Your Homes Newcastle isn’t just about housing; we are actively involved in the community. Helping out with breakfast clubs in our communities helps us to build relationships with parents and children and get to know them better.”
Earlier this month the Government announced plans to invest nearly £12 million this year to deliver free meals and summer holiday activities for children in disadvantaged areas.
The extra funding will help to create an addition 650 breakfast clubs in schools nationwide.
Main Image: YHN managing director Tina Drury (centre) helps serve children at Thomas Walling Primary School Breakfast Club.