Club 365 Spring and Easter holiday schedule

The programme will run each day between 11.30am and 1.30pm during the Spring break (Saturday 30 March to Sunday 14 April) and Easter holidays (Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April)

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Our pioneering holiday programme providing free meals and activities to pupils will be taking place during the two school breaks this April.

Club 365 is for primary pupils who are entitled to free school meals and is aimed at tackling weekend and holiday hunger.

As part of the 2018/19 budget the council committed to a further investment of £1million to the initiative after analysis of the first twelve months found that parents and pupils were overwhelmingly positive about their experiences.

Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education, said: "North Lanarkshire is committed to tackling the scourge of child poverty, and poverty more broadly, head-on.

"Last year we became the first council to make tackling holiday and weekend hunger a priority by providing free meals, during holidays and weekends, to primary pupils who are entitled to free school meals.

"As a consequence of deepening austerity and significant reforms to welfare, more and more families are being pushed into poverty. Too many parents are forced to make the horrendous decision about whether to heat their homes, pay their bills or feed their children.

"Holiday and weekend hunger has a detrimental impact on children's behaviour, cognitive development, attainment and ultimately their life-prospects.

"Our Club 365 initiative is making a big difference to families who need it most. The rollout is almost complete and we are committed to delivering the programme across North Lanarkshire's communities."

The programme was piloted in Coatbridge last year and has since been rolled out to cover 23 hubs in Airdrie, Bellshill, Coatbridge, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Moodiesburn, Motherwell, Shotts, Viewpark and Wishaw.

As well as a tasty meal, pupils also get to enjoy arts and crafts activities, multi-sports games and activities.

Club 365 will run each day between 11.30am and 1.30pm during the Spring break (Saturday 30 March to Sunday 14 April) and Easter holidays (Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April).

While some councils in the UK have committed to holiday programmes, these do not include weekends, so North Lanarkshire's will become the most comprehensive in the country.

North Lanarkshire is one of the nine "challenge authorities" in Scotland with the highest levels of deprivation. Nearly 21% of children live in low income households.

For details of all the venues, please visit: www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/club365

The Scottish Government has recognised the potential impact the programme could have in terms of attainment and has agreed, in principal, to support it through the Scottish Attainment Challenge initiative.

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