The Penplas Family Centre (Teilo’s Community Cwtch) is aiming to make holiday hunger a thing of the past thanks to recent funding from Pobl Trust.
While many look forward to the half term break from learning, for some the loss of free school meals comes with an associated cost that remains unaffordable for people on the lowest incomes. Holiday hunger has become an increasing issue in deprived areas with many families struggling to cope with the extra daily expenses that having the kids at home for the school break brings.
Run by the Faith in Families charity, Teilo’s Community Cwtch applied for the funding to run breakfast and tea clubs in Penplas that offer locals a lifeline in the holidays. Never turning people away, the clubs welcome young and old alike, including people living with physical impairments and older people who are lonely or isolated.
New figures recently released by Trussell Trust have shown a 13% increase in foodbank use in just six months compared to this time last year, with the foodbank network providing 658,048 emergency supplies to people in crisis between April and September 2018.
Leanne Evans, Centre Manager at Teilo’s Community Cwtch said:
“There’s a real buzz to breakfast club. Throughout the half term, it’s very popular and gives local families the chance to have a free, warm breakfast and meet socially, feel less isolated and stay in a daily routine. It also offers play opportunities for children and has served almost 700 breakfasts already this year.”
In total, the centre gained £5000 funding from the Pobl Trust, being one of 14 local projects awarded funding last spring. The money is awarded to local initiatives to help to build stronger communities, have an impact on housing and homelessness or mental health and learning disabilities.
The Pobl Trust raises money in a variety of ways, including from a Pobl Group staff lottery. Players money is split between a weekly winner and the Pobl Trust, meaning that with its current 800 players, £400 per week is raised for causes just like this. Since it began earlier this year, the Pobl lottery alone has contributed over £8,500 to the Pobl Trust.
Pobl Trust lottery winner Lisa Hearn who visited the centre this week said:
“There’s a real sense of community at the club, Leanne is clearly passionate about the Community Cwtch and having chatted to some of the families, it’s clear this offers them more than just a chance to get a healthy breakfast. It’s a way to keep the kids occupied without the expense of day trips and new toys as well as a social network that offers advice and support from both peers and centre advisers. Many of the working parents who come here are aiming to keep their children in a daily routine so they’re not out of sync when the new term starts.”
Pobl Trust considers applications ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £50,000 and so far this year it has awarded over £100,000 in non-repayable grants. If you’re looking for funding for a project, keep an eye on @PoblTrust on both Facebook and Twitter for notifications about 2019 funding applications.