New Healthy Families project helping to fill the lunch time gap


A project to tackle the holiday hunger gap and support families in Congleton to lead healthier lifestyles starts this half term.

Plus Dane Housing and Healthbox CIC have secured nearly £6000 in funding from Cheshire Community Foundation for the new Bromley Healthy Families project, which will run from October 2017 to August 2018. The project is aimed at supporting families with children of primary school age from the Bromley Farm estate and surrounding areas with a variety of weekly sessions taking place outside of term time.

Usman Ashiq, Strategic Partnerships Manager at Plus Dane, said: “We understand the importance of providing opportunities which enable parents and children to thrive and live healthy lifestyles. Through this unique project we hope to help people make their food budget go further and bridge the ‘holiday hunger gap’, when children are not able to rely on hot school meals. The workshops will also offer a chance for parents and children to try their hands at cooking so we expect the sessions to be full of enjoyment and teamwork. We’re really pleased to be able to support our local families.”

Mark Gleave from Healthbox said: “The 24 workshops throughout the year will allow children to receive free, healthy, cooked meals in the school holidays that can be easily replicated in the home. This strong partnership between a CIC and housing provider will help to pool a range of specialist resources and will enable parents and children to learn in a fun and practical way, one which will support their social and personal development.” 

The project will also run a range of fun activities for children, designed to improve their knowledge and awareness around healthy eating. Parents will receive practical support around food budgeting, healthy low cost recipes and more in a bid to reduce foodbank dependency. The project will be run from Plus Dane’s vibrant Bromley Farm Wellbeing Hub.

Places are likely to fill up quickly so anyone interested in taking part in Bromley Healthy Families can contact either Meagan Jackson on 01260 288222 or Usman Ashiq on 01260 288422.