Wigan Youth Zone supports vulnerable young people and families during October Half Term.
The team at Wigan Zone have reacted quickly to the news that children will be without food support this half term and asked local families who need support to get in touch. Last week Wigan Youth Zone distributed over 120 food parcels and 50 food vouchers ensuring that Gateshead’s children in need were able to get a meal during half-term.
Since April, Wigan YZ have been supporting local young people and their families with a packages of support which included art and craft deliveries, one-to-one calls and digital support using Zoom and social media to engage and entertain those isolated at home. However, in response to the government’s position on free school meals the Youth Zone is gearing up to help even more families who will be struggling across half term.
Youth Worker Andy Nicholls said
“I was fortunate enough to deliver some of these to some of our families that I work with. The gratitude, the appreciation and smiles on the children’s and parent’s faces was something else. I am really taken aback as to how it impacted me. You just never know a families individual situation as much as you’d like to think you do. It was such a humbling experience.”
One family said
“Oh wow. I can’t thank you enough. I’m sat here in tears. I’ve never asked for help in my life and I promise to return donations once we are back on our feet”
Wigan Youth Zone has a range of services for local young people including counselling, mentoring, employability and enterprise programmes, days out and holiday clubs as well as over twenty activities seven days a week. If you need support in anyway please contact firstname.lastname@example.org