Not all families look forward to the summer holidays, as many children are at home with no access to stimulating activities to occupy them during the break from school. Holiday poverty is a real issue as parents worry about providing extra meals, snacks and the high cost of days out.
To take action and help combat holiday poverty, we are launching our Bags of Summer project, providing backpacks full of toys, activities and summer essentials to children who are at risk of being without during the summer break.
These backpacks are designed to provide families with the tools they need to keep their children entertained and engaged during the summer break, especially on rainy days when outdoor activities may not be possible. We are filling backpacks with various items including toys, books, games, puzzles, arts/craft, as well as those summer must haves including sun-cream and reusable water bottles.
By providing these packs for free, we aim to alleviate the financial burden that many families face during the summer months. The packs are available to families who are struggling to make ends meet and may not have the resources to provide their children with activities during the school holidays.
This year we are seeing quadruple requests compared with previous years. To fulfil all requests we need you help!
You can get involved in the following ways:
Donate funds and essential items for the summer packs to ensure a child facing poverty and hardship can enjoy the summer break and learn through play
Dedicate your time at our warehouse, volunteer individually or as part of a CSR day
Join our events or create your own to generate funds for children in greatest need
We would love it if you would get involved by collecting donations among your friends, families, colleagues etc or if your school, workplace or community group would like to set up a donation point this would help us get the donations needed to support children this summer
If you are working with a family who would benefit from one of our bags, click the button below to send us a referral