Social Care Referrals and Family Support

Support for families during school holiday

The Logo of Ready Steady Worcestershire Published Thursday, 11th February 2021

Families in Worcestershire can continue to receive support over the February half-term through the County Council’s Ready Steady Worcestershire initiative.

Ready Steady Worcestershire is an information hub, providing information about food, activities and support available during the school holidays.

By clicking on an interactive map, parents and guardians can find organisations who can provide them either with ingredients to cook at home or prepared meals in the school holiday period.

The interactive map also shows activities taking place in the local area and provides ideas for activities which can be done at home, ideal if the family is self-isolating.

£50,000 of the county’s allocation of £1.6 million through the Government’s Coronavirus Winter Grant Scheme has already been provided to help partnerships to deliver February half-term provisions and activities in Worcestershire.

Children who receive Free School Meals during the term are going to be receiving £15 vouchers to provide one meal per each week day of the half term holiday.

The Coronavirus Winter Grant funding allocation will ensure essential additional support is provided to families by the voluntary sector, schools and local communities across the county.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills said: “We understand the school holidays can be challenging for families who depend on school meal provisions, and it is vitally important that we support families who find it difficult to feed their children during the holidays. We welcome the Winter Grant Scheme funding and aim to support these families in the best way possible through Ready Steady Worcestershire.

“Managing household mental wellbeing can also be challenging, particularly during the school holidays. The webpage provides lots of advice and support to help families make the most of the extra time together and ensure the children are ready to return to school and learn effectively.”

Visit the Ready Steady Worcestershire webpage for more information.

Worcestershire County Council is providing welfare support services with Here2Help being on hand to help any resident who requires extra support.

Anyone in need of help can contact Here2Help via the Here 2 Help webpage or telephone on 01905 768053.