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PRESS RELEASE: Young people set for First Class summer of fun in Aston

 PRESS RELEASE: Young people set for First Class summer of fun in Aston

Young people set for First Class summer of fun in Aston

First Class Foundation has called on parents and young people in Aston to get involved in this summer’s Birmingham Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

 

The West Midlands-based charity is one of more than 150 local providers chosen to deliver free weekly activities for young people this summer, with each participant given a nutritious meal for free.

 

First Class Foundation is offering places for up to 75 young people aged 11-16 years in the Aston area, with activities ranging from mindfulness sessions to group sports.

 

Participants will also be able to attend weekly visits to local destinations including Go Ape and Woodlands Activity Centre in Walsall.

 

Activities will be based from three core locations, including Aston Cross, Eloquent Praise & Empowerment Dance Company and King Solomon International Business School in Birmingham.

 

The sessions are running for four weeks from Tuesday 3 August 2021 and will be available on Tuesdays to Fridays, with parents able to book individual dates or take advantage of the full four-week programme.

 

Chief executive of First Class Foundation, Sabrina Dennis said: “We’re really excited to be offering these exciting opportunities to young people during the summer holidays as part of the HAF programme. First Class Foundation works across the West Midlands to tackle youth violence and build mental health resilience but our roots lie in youth engagement. Our youth workers are highly experienced in delivering rewarding and safe activities for young people that can make a lasting positive impact.

“We want to give people access to things they may not have experienced before. We’ll be delivering a mix of enrichment and personal development activities, as well as group-based sports and games including football, rounders and cricket. All places are free of charge and will be available on a first come, first served basis, but priority will be given to those in receipt of free school meals who live in the local area.”

 

Following three years of successful pilots, the Department for Education expanded the HAF programme across England, backed by £220m, to help ensure multiple benefits for children, families and communities who have been hit hard by the pandemic.

 

Birmingham will be running the largest HAF project in England with sports, drama, arts, cookery and music sessions available at local community centres, schools, theatres, parks and football clubs.

 

First Class Foundation was selected to deliver the HAF Programme by BVSC, which is managing the grants programme for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations in Birmingham.

 

For more information on HAF in Birmingham, please visit: https://www.bringitonbrum.co.uk/

 

CAPTION: First Class Foundation is delivering the HAF Programme this summer in Aston, Birmingham

 

Notes to editors

 

First Class Foundation is a West Midlands-based charity that specialises in tackling youth violence and building mental health resilience. We are proud to help connect young people aged 13-25 to their purpose by introducing them to new opportunities. We are passionate about challenging the over representation and under representation of BAME young people in key sectors including, mental health, criminal justice and education.

Kitchen Table Talks is a platform that facilitates community-based, parental peer support networks that tackles issues including youth violence, knife crime and county lines. It is powered by First Class Foundation. For more information, please visit https://firstclassnation.com/

 

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