Community Leisure UK ezine
May 2022
Active Tameside dish up festive cheer for families in need

05 Jan 2022

Active Tameside once again dished up delicious helpings of Christmas cheer by embarking on a huge operation to ensure hot meals and festive spirit got to those most in need.

Renamed ‘The Great Fuel 4 Fun Christmas Takeaway’ the initiative was rolled out as part of the trust’s Fuel 4 Fun initiative which began in February 2021 to tackle food poverty and social inequalities for thousands of young people and their families across Tameside.

By the end of the Christmas school holidays the scheme reached 9,147 Tameside families – those with children aged five to 13 in receipt of free school meals and under 18s with special educational needs and disabilities - through its school holiday camps and provided 45,735 cook-at-home food box meals.

Another 750 Christmas Takeaway hot meals - chicken curry and rice, beef mince hash, veggie pasta and vegan options - were whipped up by volunteers in the Active Community Café at The Together Centre, in Dukinfield.

250 meals a day were prepared over three days using fresh produce harvested from Active Tameside’s Community Allotment, which is lovingly grown and tended by Everybody Can’s young people and Adult Day Service clients, and donations from charitable food distributors FareShare.

They were then packed into vehicles ready to land on doorsteps - along with selection boxes – thanks to a team of jolly festive jumper-wearing volunteers on 20th, 21st and 22nd December.

Around 22 volunteers, including kitchen teams, packers, drivers and escorts were all involved in the festive effort along with Everybody Can service users.

Over the Christmas holidays the Fuel 4 Fun initiative delivered a range of camps and sessions across its centres - Active Copley, Active Ken Ward, Active Hyde, Tameside Wellness Centre, Adventure Medlock and Adventure Longdendale – alongside holiday camps in several schools, sports clubs and youth projects.

The camps welcomed 1,340 children and young people – including 150 SEND youngsters - to enjoy activities including rock climbing, high ropes, swimming, animal encounters, African drumming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, sports and more.

They had a hot meal while in camp and received a food hamper containing ingredients to a make five festive healthy and nutritious meals plus an activity bag to keep active throughout the holiday.

Another 400 families received food hampers.



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