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  • Volunteers needed for scheme to provide free school holiday meals

    Danielle Thompson

    A SCHEME providing free summer school holiday meals for children throughout Sefton is appealing for volunteers.

    Sefton Council and charity Sefton CVS, who are working together on the initiative, say that many local families find the holidays difficult because they rely on the free school meals their children receive during term time.

    As a response to this situation, the local authority and CVS are co-ordinating a network of local organisations who will be able to plug the gap by offering free meals in the holidays to children and young people.

    This network includes Sefton’s children’s centres as well as a number of other community venues across the borough.

    These organisations are now appealing for volunteers who can lend a helping hand at one or more of the locations across Sefton.

    Support is required with greeting and serving visitors for approximately two to three hours on certain days, and also with offering help to staff at the various locations.

    Volunteers can of course choose the venue they wish to work at, and also how many days they are available to help out.

    Nigel Bellamy, Deputy Chief Executive of Sefton CVS, commented: “This scheme - which ran successfully last summer - aims to provide much-needed support to disadvantaged families who can face real financial problems in the school holidays.

    “We’re hoping for a very good response from Sefton residents who are able to volunteer their time and effort to enable us to provide this service for the benefit of as many children and young people in Sefton as possible.”

    For information on the organisations involved in the scheme, and to get involved, contact Sefton CVS by ringing 0151 920 0726 or emailing info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

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