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Project information

Fit and Fed - Filling the Holiday Gap

This summer we will work in Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham and Harrow, providing free holiday activity and a daily nutritious meal for 10-18 yr. olds. We will grow 12 community organisations to run more holiday programmes in the future. Together we can end the holiday hunger gap.

June 2019 - August 2019

Charity information: StreetGames UK

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  • Need


    We are responding to the Holiday Gap.
    The gap is the cumulative impact on children of school holidays spent:
    • without enough good food, (no free school meals);
    • without enough physical activity, (too few free activity programmes);
    • with too little positive social interaction (kids stay at home – often minding siblings).
    Research shows that by the start of the school year the gap has widened the differential in readiness to learn between many poor children and their more affluent peers.


    Our project will bring together 12 community organisations to each provide for about 50 children a day:
    i. 4 hours a day of Health Enhancing Physical Activity: reducing inactivity.
    ii. At least one nutritious meal a day: reducing hunger.
    iii. Training for local volunteers in food hygiene and modelling positive behaviours.
    We will support the programme providers to develop a sustainability plan.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To narrow the holiday gap for children in Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham and Harrow


    » We will support and train, coaches, project leaders, and volunteers to provide fun physical activity and sport sessions in free holiday programmes.

    What success will look like

    Collect attendance data and track attendees against Free School Meals and deprivation data.
    Case study the impact on families and local neighbourhoods.

    Aim 2

    To capacity build community organisations so they can carry on narrowing the gap


    » We will train the staff and volunteers in our community clubs in food hygiene, food preparation and how to deliver a fun sports activity programme.

    What success will look like

    Numbers of:
    Volunteers trained and the number of volunteers recruited
    Sustainability plans produced.

  • Impact


    More children keeping active. Our monitoring tool records frequency of attendance.
    Better relationships reported between community organisations and surplus food outlets.
    Volunteers locally recruited and trained in food hygiene, and providers more confident in preparing food. A commitment to delivering meals with holiday programmes in the future.
    Children introduced to nutritious new types of food, their parents (volunteers) encouraged to introduce at home. Recorded in case studies.


    1. Holiday activities are not attractive to local community.
    Our providers are rooted in their communities with strong local networks, able to effectively co-produce the activities.
    2. Unable to establish effective relationships with surplus food providers.
    We are in dialogue with Eat and FareShare who are keen to support our project.
    3. Unable to recruit enough volunteers.
    Our providers have already recruited some volunteers who can be trained in the lead up to the holidays.


    We will produce an end of project report to send to our donors and utilise our website and Facebook site and twitter to demonstrate the progress of the project.
    We will also give donors the opportunity to visit one of the holiday activity programmes to meet the volunteers and children involved.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £28,800 coaching coaching costs
      £9,600 staffing staffing/vols
      £7,200 Food food provision
      £6,000 equipment catering equipment
      £4,200 Training training vols
      £4,200 Admin admin/registration

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Wembley Stadium National Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
    Microgaming £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The 12 projects run
    in community premises in deprived areas where there is little or no alternative provision.
    Nationally free school meal usage stands at 13.7 % for primary schools and 12.4% for secondary. In Brent the figures for primary are 10% & secondary 11%, Croydon 20% & 17%,Hackney, 26%& & 30 % Hammersmith & Fulham 21% 19% and in Harrow 7% & 10 % .
    These shocking figures demonstrate the scale of holiday hunger issues children will face when FSM’s are removed during the school holiday


    There are 4 sets of beneficiaries:
    The 600 children who attend our holiday activity programmes will become more active in the holiday period and receive a daily nutritious meal.
    Families under financial pressure, who normally are unable to fund their children’s involvement in often expensive holiday activities.
    Volunteers who receive training to develop their skills and the opportunity to then put these new skills into practice.
    Community organisations that develop sustainability plans.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The 12 providers are rooted in their neighbourhood: their local insight and credibility means they are best placed to deliver this project. They are already in contact with many of the target children and families and work with the schools.
    The StreetGames network of community deliverers has significant experience of working together to deliver volunteer training; the monitoring and evaluation of complex, multi-site projects and ensuring minimum operating standards are met.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jane Ashworth OBE

    Jane is the founding Chief Executive of StreetGames. She is ‘hands-on’ with Fit and Fed and chairs the partnership’s steering group.

    Project Co-Ordinator

    Provides co-ordination across the 12 holiday activity programmes in the 4 boroughs, supports community providers on a day to day basis.