Summer success with the HAPpy programme
It was certainly a HAPpy summertime for the young people in Welwyn Hatfield who took part in the Hertfordshire special holiday activity programme that ran during July and August.
The scheme, run by Hertfordshire County Council in conjunction with the Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, was aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing the county's most disadvantaged young people - holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation.
The initiative proved particularly popular at the Hive @ Jim McDonald Centre, which organised one of the 25 HAPpy Camps that took place in Welwyn Hatfield.
All the spaces on offer at the popular council-run community centre in south Hatfield were booked and activities included Wacky Science, Nature Craft and multi-sports. Free healthy meals were provided for all the participants at the camps, including for the FK Dance Academy HAPpy Camp at the Hilltop Community Centre.
Cllr Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Housing and Climate Change, said:
"We're delighted to have been part of this fantastic holiday initiative providing fun activities as well as a healthy meal to so many of our young people who may otherwise have struggled to access these.
"Thank you to all the community organisations who helped run these camps, which were clearly very beneficial to the young people who took part."
A-Z basketball, who also ran HAPpy Camps in August at the Ridgeway Academy said:
"Young people have been affected in a significant way by the events of the past year and beyond. HAPpy was an excellent opportunity to positively impact children's well-being and tackle any potential hunger issues they may face in the holidays by providing a nutritious, hot meal during our camps."
Applications are now open for any club or organisation who would like to deliver a programme during the Christmas holidays. The deadline for applying is 6 October: HAPpy Holiday Activity Programme 2021 (hertscf.org.uk).