The ‘life-saving success’ of a wellbeing camp delivered by Barrow’s Community Trust to vulnerable children in the town saw it extended in to the half-term break in a bid to help struggling families.
The ‘Free, Fit and Focused’ Programme, which ran for four weeks during the summer holidays, is specifically designed to improve both the mental and physical wellbeing of the young people who attend.
Lauded by parents and volunteers when it took place in July, International Nuclear Services (INS) vowed to continue its support of the Furness Community by providing the much-needed funds to allow the Programme to return at half-term.
In partnership with Barrow Borough Council and the Bluebirds’ Community Trust, the cash injection saw around 40 young people take part in a number of confidence-boosting activities at the Victoria Academy event.
“We are so proud to be able to deliver another successful Free, Fit and Focused programme,” said Community Trust Manager, Craig Rutherford.
“The aim is to support families during this tough time and provide free provision for local children.
“Using the funding we have managed to run five bubbles from four different schools across two sites and provide free places for children on Jason Walker’s JW9 holiday camp at Parkside school, which has been used to support another 20 families.
“We are extremely grateful to our Sponsors INS and Barrow Borough Council for supporting the scheme, and to Victoria Academy and Cambridge Primary School for providing their facilities and resources to enable this to go ahead.”
Sam Wilkinson, Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations at INS, said: “INS has been based in Barrow for over 40 years, so it was of paramount importance for us to continue to support some of our community’s most vulnerable young people.
“As soon as we were approached, we jumped at the chance to help secure another camp in a bid to help those struggling families at a time of worldwide uncertainty.”