Summer scheme helps 120 Warwickshire families

A summer-long scheme aimed at supporting families in Warwickshire has helped more than 120 families and their children across the county.

The Summer Support Scheme, which ran from 24 July to 2 September this year, aimed to reach out to those most in need during the summer holidays by supporting the cost of food for children who may otherwise miss out.

This year’s scheme, delivered by Warwickshire County Council’s Supporting People team, saw more than three times as many families supported compared to the summer 2016 scheme.

The 120 families and 192 children helped out in 2017 compares to 38 families and 95 children in 2016. The increase has been attributed to better access to and awareness of the scheme across the county.

Aimed at some of the neediest families in the county, the scheme meets the cost of lunches over the summer holiday period for families who are on low incomes and struggling financially.

Cllr Kam Kaur, portfolio holder for Customers and Transformation at Warwickshire County Council, said:

“The county council recognises that some families who are struggling financially and are eligible for free school meals often have difficulty covering the six week summer holiday period.

“Our summer support scheme was an opportunity to reach out to support those families and children most in need with the cost of food for their children over the summer holidays.”