THE LATEST Active Kitchen which has been running in Bromsgrove throughout the summer holidays to encourage youngsters to keep fit and eat healthily has proved a resounding success.
The scheme was held at NewSong Community Church in Sidemoor from July 31 to August 2 and at St Andrew’s Church, Charford, from August 14 to 16 and 21 to 23.
Around 20 young people aged between nine and 14 attended, took part in activities such as gymnastics, dance, skipping, football, rugby, basketball, dodgeball, cricket and free home-prepared meals.
The sessions were available for all ages and aimed to have a lasting impact on the lives of young people, empowering personal value and self-confidence, particularly in areas with high levels of deprivation.
Active Kitchen was supported by the district council’s sports development team, YMCA, NewSong Community Church and the Oakland Foundation.
Since the first one in April 2018, it has proven popular with residents with 19 young people attending in the Easter holidays and 25 young people during the May half-term.
Coun Margaret Sherrey, whose portfolio covers health and wellbeing, said Active Kitchen was a fantastic idea, particularly in the school summer holidays which were a difficult time for some families.
“It is so important for children – of all demographics – to stay active and eat nutritious meals, not only to help their growth but to avoid mental health issues and obesity.
“The project successfully tackles these issues through physical activity opportunities, nutritious food and passionate staff support.”
Coun Peter Whittaker, whose portfolio covers Leisure and Cultural Services, said: “Feedback from the project has been really positive and whilst there is a serious underlying purpose, it is also a lot of fun for everyone involved.
“All of the young people really enjoyed themselves whether they attended one or all of the sessions.
“They’ve learned some new skills, made new friends and were guaranteed a good meal each day.”
He thanked all of the staff, volunteers and partners who helped make it such a success.
The council hopes to continue delivering the important sessions but people and funding are vital for it to have its intended impact.
Any volunteers or local businesses looking to support a worthy cause should call the council’s sports development team on 01527 881289.