Housing company works with Greggs to serve up healthy school breakfasts
Published by KBarnes for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Communities and also in Education, Health, Housing
Harrison and Skye-Lexie from Silver Springs Academy tucking into toast
Housing association New Charter Homes has teamed up with national bakery Greggs to run healthy breakfast clubs in schools in Tameside.
New Charter has funded the clubs with the Greggs Foundation to give disadvantaged children as young as four the best start to their day.
The morning sessions will run every day for two years at New Charter’s sponsor school Silver Springs Academy in Stalybridge and Broadoak Primary School in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Greggs will donate fresh bread daily from a local store and the funding will also help to buy cereal, fruit, toasters and crockery for the clubs.
Both schools are in areas where New Charter has invested heavily in homes and communities to support families and, through the clubs, it hopes to reduce the number of children who turn up for school without having breakfast.
Parent volunteers will be encouraged to help run the sessions at the school giving people who might be out of work the chance to develop new skills and confidence to help them find a job.
New Charter also plans to run work clubs after the breakfast sessions with unemployed mums and dads as they drop their children off for school.
The Greggs Foundation has around 260 breakfast clubs in disadvantaged areas across the country to help people in hardship.
New Charter works with around families in Tameside, health agencies and schools to tackle child poverty as early as possible.
It sponsors three academies in the area and has developed links with Manchester United Foundation, the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and the Halle Orchestra to improve opportunities for local people.
Tony Powell, New Charter’s Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Chair of Governors at Silver Springs Academy said: “Sadly a lot of children in our communities are not school ready and we’re doing a number of things to support families to improve child poverty across Tameside.
“The breakfast clubs are part of this and as well as giving children the best start to the day, we hope they will bring the community back into schools so we can offer support to parents who are looking to get back into work.”
Dad, Steve Banham from Stalybridge is volunteering at the club which his son Tyler attends. Steve said: “I’m a chef at the Mahdlo Youth Centre in Oldham and I’m going to help out every morning at the breakfast club to give something back to my community. I get to come along with my son and interact with all the other children and staff which is really rewarding.”
Deborah Mason, Principal at Silver Springs Academy said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for both schools to extend our existing provision and we’re very grateful to New Charter and Greggs for making it happen.”
"We’re hopeful that many parents will work as volunteers for the breakfast club, as they will be key to the success of the club,” added Des Howlett, Head at Broadoak Primary.
Lynne Hindmarch, Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Manager said, “The Greggs Breakfast Club programme provides a nutritious start to the day for over 12,000 children across the country.
“Research shows that benefits of going to a breakfast club include improved attendance, parent teacher relationships, increased confidence, self-esteem and social mobility so we are incredibly proud to be able to make such a difference to so many children.”