National Play Day with St Stephens Neighbourhood Centre | FareShare UK

7 August 2019

This National Play Day, we’re shedding light on one of our amazing Charity Members, St Stephens Neighbourhood Centre, who are providing safe, fun and playful activities for children and families over the summer holidays.

A community centre in Hull running activities and events for local families and children, for three years now the centre has been focusing its attention on families with young children, organising summer projects during the school holidays for the whole family.

Diane, The Treasurer says “During the summer we encourage families to visit us and join our range of activities – we try and make sure they are varied and that there is something for everyone. For example, last year we had an amazing time building wigwams from scratch – something that both parents and kids could enjoy doing together. We also have a lot of crafts and sports activities, for all ages and interests.”

Diane emphasises how important the food that they get from FareShare is to the community they serve, “Food is a very essential part of what we do, as during the summer we provide hot meals and snacks three times a week. For many families this is their main meal and source of food during the day. It’s especially important for families where both parents are working and they are not able to afford food for the whole week; their kids come to us for their main warm meal of the day and it not only makes a huge difference to the family financially but also ensures their wellbeing.”

“The children love the food. It not only fills their tummies but is also a source of excitement, as they are able to try something they might not have had at home previously. For example, last week we had a lot of meatballs and they absolutely loved it – not only was it a hot meal but also something different, which some of them got to try for the very first time.

“Food is also a great way to get young teenagers to join our Youth Club, so that instead of hanging out in the streets and creating havoc they are with us joining one of our summer activities. We have two young people training to be youth workers who started at one of our youth clubs and they also do our cooking now.”

St Stephens Community Centre are supported by our #ActiveAte campaign – find out more about it here.

“Food is also a great way to get young teenagers to join our Youth Club, so that instead of hanging out in the streets and creating havoc they are with us joining one of our summer activities. We have two young people training to be youth workers who started at one of our youth clubs and they also do our cooking now.”