During the summer of 2017, Children North East managed a project looking at the impact of summer holiday clubs across the north east of England. In 2016, the North East Child Poverty Trust (NECPT) commissioned a study, carried out by the Institute for Local Governance. They found that 'holiday hunger' was a key issue for struggling families and applied for funding from Big Lottery to run a regional project with holiday activities and healthy food over the summer of 2017.
The research side of the project was taken on by The Living Lab at Northumbria University, led by Professor Greta Defeyter and the evaluation of the project found that children’s diets were significantly improved on days attending holiday club compared to days they did not attend. Children reported improvements in their education and learning, confidence and self-esteem and gained knowledge in food and nutrition. Both children and parents stress the importance of clubs in providing children with a safe space to play during the holiday.
Useful information including the evaluation report from the project can be accessed here.