Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) is working in partnership with the Greggs Foundation to fund a Breakfast Club programme in Newcastle schools.
YHN’s partnership with the Foundation supports three schools across the city, ensuring that the children in the communities in which 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 all benefit from the breakfast club partnership, 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 the very energetic “Wake Up, Shake Up” physical fun session to get motivated before starting lessons.
Sonny Coxon, a 9-year-old student in Year 5B at Thomas Walling Primary School in Blakelaw, 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.”
Head of Thomas Walling Primary School, Mrs Hann, also agrees that the club is highly valued by students and working parents: “The breakfast club is attended by more than a quarter of our pupils daily. Starting the day with a healthy meal and fun activities with friends, supports not only attendance and punctuality, but also sets the children up for their learning in school.
“The club is more than just extra-curricular provision for the children. It also provides support for working families, those struggling to make ends meet and offers employment opportunities in the local community. It is an invaluable resource that would not be possible without the financial and staffing support provided by our partners.”
The partnership between Your Homes Newcastle and the Greggs Foundation was established in 2012 in an initiative to help support local families.
Tina Drury, Managing Director at YHN, 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 £12m 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.