What a fantastic Feast of Fun we have had this summer!  With 23 Feast of Fun groups across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland providing lots of fun activities, healthy food and amazing trips for 1,000 children and their families.  Each club has a special theme with Knights and Dragons in Easterside, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in North Ormesby and Superheroes in Berwick Hills to name a few. 

We’ve had a wonderful time visiting all the clubs and joining in the fun, as well as taking time to listen to parents and children to find out how Feast of Fun makes a difference to their summer holidays. You can find out more about the impact of Feast of Fun by reading the evaluation report here: Executive Summary and Full Report.

The children have loved all the activities

“This place is always fun to come here.”

“I like that it’s always fun and I love it because we always make new friends.”

 And parents have been so grateful for Feast of Fun relieving some of the pressure at home

“I’ve got 3 children and it’s like oh what am I going to feed them every single day for dinner?”

“We struggle. We’re not a very well off family to be honest.  Without the church we’d just be stuck at home most of the days.”

 

Amazing adventures

An important part of Feast of Fun is giving families the opportunity for a day out. There were 12 trips to the Moors National Park Centre at Danby where families charmed worms, learned survival skills, went geocaching, and much more!  There were also several trips going to the Bowes Museum for some BFG-themed fun.  Several groups visited MIMA for some art activities followed by a healthy lunch.  We were fortunate to partner with Northern Rail this year enabling two groups to travel to the seaside by train, which was a big hit!  Families were also able to have cheap days out thanks to discounted travel on Stagecoach Buses. 

Cooking up fun

For the third year running Quorn Foods offered us wonderful support.  Once again, we received donations of thousands of sausages and burgers for family BBQ’s and Quorn staff went out into local groups to provide wonderful cooking experiences, alongside other local chefs who gave their time to cook food with the children.





Redcar & Cleveland

Feast of Fun across Redcar & Cleveland took place over 7 different communities this summer.  Teams of coordinators and volunteers invested so much time leading up to the school holidays to plan and prepare for the holiday clubs.   Children have been transported on ‘journeys’ that have captured their imagination and enabled them to develop their creative and social skills along with extending their literacy and numeracy skills through themes such as CSI (Christ’s Story Investigated), Space Academy, Circus Skills, and Countries Around the World.

All the holiday clubs provided a healthy meal for each child and it has been lovely to see the children sitting around tables and chatting together as they have eaten their lunch.  One parent commented:

“The summer holidays are stressful as money is tight and we need to find things for the kids to do. The holiday club means the children enjoy a healthy lunch and have fun and have a chance to make new friends”


Books galore!

This summer we have been grateful for a new partnership with the National Literacy Trust.  Thanks to the support of Meals & More sponsorship we received a donation of 120 books for children  in Redcar & Cleveland as part of the Summer Read Literacy Project. As well as a book for each child books relating to the specific theme of the holiday club were also donated.


Amazing Volunteers!

So many people helped make Feast of Fun Summer 2018 amazing!  Over 250 volunteers gave their time and skills to supporting local families, with some volunteers travelling to several different clubs to help out.  We have had University students full of energy right through to people in their eighties – still fun of energy!

“I volunteer at the holiday club as I wanted to give something back. It’s great to see the children enjoying themselves rather than being inside sat on computer games.”

“I am a widow and would have just made myself a sandwich to eat today, how wonderful to sit at a table with all these families to enjoy a meal, it’s like one big happy family!”


In whatever way you have been involved with Feast of Fun, whether by volunteering time to entertain the children and cook for them, or by supporting Feast of Fun financially and in prayer.  We’d like to say a huge thankyou, your support has made a difference to hundreds of local families this summer.