Have some fun at half-term!
We have again joined forces with Kirklees Youth Alliance and other local groups to offer boredom-busting fun for children during the school holidays.
Throughout October half-term, children and young people can go online for a range of creative sessions including music, arts and crafts.
The Cosmia Festival will be a multi-arts event dedicated to science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction – visit the festival website for more details – while activity packs are being distributed to eligible children via schools.
Who funds the programme?
The half-term programme is funded by Kirklees Council and co-ordinated by Kirklees Youth Alliance (KYA) in partnership with community groups.
During this year’s summer holidays, a similar initiative saw over 4,600 activity packs given to some of the district’s most disadvantaged children and those at particular risk because of Covid-19 restrictions. KYA also ran 96 online activities which were open to all.
Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:
“Providing activities during the holidays is a great way to keep children busy, but it also means they are more engaged when they go back to school. We’re pleased to be working with KYA once again so that our children and young people are supported to have fun and achieve.”
Cllr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for Children, said:
“Covid-19 is preventing the usual face-to-face holiday clubs, but the programme has adapted brilliantly. At a very tough time for so many people, we continue doing everything we can to support our children and families.”
Susan Greenwood, Development Manager at KYA, said:
“With children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health suffering because of the continued restrictions, there has never been a more important time to provide enriching activities. Our Healthy Holidays Programme, funded by Kirklees Council, is a great way for the community and voluntary sector to show we can contribute to making children’s lives better.”