Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust were ecstatic to hear the news that we had been awarded Red Kite’s Springboard funding for the next three years.
Red Kite has supported us and the Fit and Fed project since we launched back in the Summer Holidays in 2017 and with this new injection of funding and support, this will help our project to continue to grow.
Red Kite Community Housing is a tenant-led, not for profit, charitable housing organisation that was formed on 12 December 2011 and their mission is building communities where people want to live, with tenants and leaseholders at the heart of everything they do.
The Fit & Fed project looks to help families that “feel the pinch”, working with two CIC’s, Empower to Cook and Khepera to provide children and their families with cooking tutorials, fun physical activities and a free meal for the whole family, ensuring children went back to school fit and healthy.
It is staggering to think 60% of families can’t always afford food during the holidays, and that young person loses up to 80% of their fitness during the school summer holidays. Something we hoped the Fit and Fed Project will reduce and bring our community together at the same time.
Each Fit and Fed day sees Sam Parker, our Community Health Manager, a representative from Empower to Cook and Khepera, and a band of willing volunteers bring fresh food and ingredients down to Castlefield Community Centre or Beechview Academy so they can provide cooking lessons and tutorials to the children that attended the project, teaching them the basic skills necessary for later in their lives to use and be helpful to them.
Not only did they cook simple recipes such as vegetables, pasta, and salads, they managed to cook stews and make smoothies too. The best bit was that they could eat all the meals they made at the end!
Alongside the healthy cooking, the Fit & Fed team also supplied the children with fun activities to ensure they were active and developed their fitness level whilst enjoying and playing fun games and sports.
So far (since Summer 2017) we have served over 761 meals and supported many families throughout the holidays and we hopefully look to grow this number each year helping the families of the local areas of High Wycombe. In addition with the extra funding, we have also been able to start up an after-school club at Beechview Academy providing the same support and enjoyment for 5 weeks over each school term.
Sam Parker, WWSET Community Health Manager said: “It is a privilege and a pleasure to deliver this project for the local children and help the families that struggle financially to feed their children both within the holidays and term time.
"It is a joy to see families bond within our sessions, providing a chance to get away from screens and enjoy doing something with the family”.
Caroline Green, People & Community Development Manage at Red Kite Community Housing, said: “We are delighted to support Fit and Fed, run by Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust, which is a charity we have worked with for a number of years. We feel the money we are able to donate to them, £17, 879, will help to improve the lives of people within our community. This is exactly the reason our Springboard Fund was set up.
“We look forward to working with Fit ad Fed and can’t wait to see how this money helps them to grow.”
Every year for the next five years Red Kite Community Housing’s Springboard Fund has £100,000 to invest in the community.