The Gwalia Trust is making sure a Swansea community can continue to dish up free breakfasts during the school holidays thanks to funding of more than £3,500.
Since 2013, Faith in the Families based at Penplas Family Centre has been running a school holiday breakfast club for families in Penplas, Portmead and Blaenymaes to ease the burden of providing the most important meal of the day for children in one of the most deprived communities in Swansea.
Last year almost 600 families benefitted from 32 breakfast club morning sessions. Since 2013 more than 1,000 people have benefited from a home cooked breakfast at the Family Centre.
Leanne Evans, Manager of the Faith in the Families Project which facilitates the sessions, said with many children receiving free school meals funding during school holidays can put undue pressure on the household finances:
“Feeding families during the school holidays can be stressful for parents. Our breakfast club eases that burden. One mother of five we spoke to said that all her children got to a school breakfast club and receives free school meals. She told us that this club eases the pressure as they are getting something good to eat as a family, and the children get to play with each other helping building their social and relationship building skills.”
Gwalia Trust Chairman John Morse said the trust exists to support and enhance the lives of local people and communities:
“We pledged our commitment to the breakfast club and recognise that there is a demand for it in this area. The Club gives parents, carers and the children an opportunity to socialise informally, as well as providing them with a balanced meal for the benefit of their health and well-being. The Trust provided initial funding in 2013 to set up the service and I am delighted that the Trustees are continuing to support this on-going project.”