As we look ahead to our October Family Holiday Club, we reflect on a great summer. After months of isolated lockdown, families were relieved to get out and meet up again for socially distanced fun in the park.
Our Child and Family Centre in Govan ran the club for the first four weeks of the summer holidays, with socially distanced games, crafts and picnics. Over the course of the four weeks, we saw more than 170 children and 89 adults.
Angela first came to the Child and Family Centre on a student placement more than 15 years ago. She is now employed as the Cleaner at the Centre and her two daughters, Willow, 5 and Katie, 10, have grown up through the Centre, from parent and toddlers to our after school clubs.
She says, “It’s made us interact more and do things together which has helped the kids, especially in these circumstances [lockdown].” They enjoyed taking part in the Holiday Club as a family. Angela says, “The kids were outside with me but had freedom because there were other adults there to keep them safe. Katie was able to spend time with her friends. We had dancing, quizzes, a talent show, drawing with chalk, hula hoops and frisbees.
“They would have been miserable and lonely without the holiday club, There’s nothing else round here. It has definitely been a benefit – to be outside seeing friends and other adults after being in the house so long with just me and their dad. It has helped them with going back to school as well.”
Lockdown has exacerbated the money worries facing some of our families, due to job losses and hours being cut. All of our activities are free and we provided snacks and lunch each day. This meant families could enjoy the club and know their children were having a good time without thinking about the cost. We gave out activity packs to the children so they could continue playing when they got home.
Our Nursery started back on 13 August. Anne Scott, Centre Manager, says, “The children are happy to be back. It’s lovely to hear their laughter and have life about the centre again. Parents have been very supportive in helping us keep everyone safe and well.”