IN early January seven schools from across East Staffordshire signed up to be part of a unique Healthy Families programme with the aim of encouraging children and their parents to live healthy and make positive changes 4 life.
Eton Park Junior School, Anglesey Primary Academy, Winshill Village Primary and Nursery School, Riverview Primary and Nursery School, Edgehill Junior School, Dove First School in Rocester and Picknalls First School in Uttoxeter have all been part of the first 6 week block of Healthy Families sessions. The sessions which were funded by Staffordshire County Council are delivered weekly in each venue in partnership by Burton Albion Community Trust and Citizens Advice East Staffordshire.
The sessions last for an hour and a half and are run usually over a 6 week period between holidays. The healthy families sessions are delivered FREE of charge, with the first 40 minutes of the session physical activity based where children and parents take part in multisport and physical activity before discussing topics such as how to eat a healthy balanced diet and money management. These will be in the form of fun interactive classroom sessions with staff from Citizens Advice East Staffordshire.
All seven schools have played a lead role and been champions of the programme, engaging and encouraging the parents in their school to be involved and make active healthy lifestyle and wellbeing changes. So far there have been 65 families through the opening 3 weeks of the programme. At the end of each block, the families are invited to a celebration event at Burton Albion Football Club where they get the opportunity to meet some of the players and the club mascot Billy Brewer, they take part in a variety of activities and sample a meal prepared and cooked by Burton Albion FC’s head chef.
Dawn Green Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice East Staffordshire said “I am delighted with the level of engagement for this unique offer for families. Together with Burton Albion Community Trust we are able to encourage a rounded approach to healthy living on a budget”. The opportunity to work with the whole family is key here. Talking about money and health as a family is not done enough in the UK but it is vital in ensuring young people develop positive relationships to money and their health.”
John Widdowson Health and Inclusion Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust said “the strength of this programme has been the partnership working, Citizens Advice East Staffordshire offer something very positive and unique which compliments the physical activity tasks for the families.”
“It’s really pleasing to see the parent and child engagement in the schools which is down to the schools and their support and belief in the positive outcomes this programme can have on the families and the school community.”
Anyone wanting to discuss the program in more detail should contact Aaron Gordon, Health and Inclusion Coordinator, Burton Albion Community Trust firstname.lastname@example.org 01283 565938