The children who take part in this weekly club come from a broken and deprived community. Many are from single parent homes, with Lakenham consisting of 36% single parents, well above the national average of 12%. The lack of stability and consistency within family life means that the children strive for attention and approval.
With 44% of children eligible for free school meals, a staggering 39% of 10-11 year olds in Lakenham are overweight. Kids are increasingly staying at home and playing video games or watching TV rather than being active.
What we offer
We run a free weekly club which has been very popular, instrumental in keeping many children off the streets and involved in activities. The children take part in a range of activities including singing, dancing, games, cooking and discussion times. Within the games and cooking activities, we look at encouraging healthy lifestyles. The kids cook balanced snacks from pizza pittas to fruit kebabs (as well as the occasional cupcakes) and take part in circuit training and the beep test.
As well as the weekly club, at regular points of the year we offer slightly different programmes. Within the past few years this has included a safe place with games and sweets on Halloween, a Christmas production, Easter parties and a Summer BBQ and water fight.
We have built strong relationships with many of the children who use our club. Our aim is to offer them a place they can feel safe and have fun. The club is staffed by volunteers from the community who support Clare, our children's worker. We divide them into age appropriate teams and rotate them through the activities and providing them with more individual attention and encourage team building. The children are busy from the minute they arrive until they leave.