Sunderland-based charity’s holiday fun

Jessica Dodd, 8, and friend Holly Hathaway, 6, making pumpkins for Halloween at the Pennywell Youth Project.
Jessica Dodd, 8, and friend Holly Hathaway, 6, making pumpkins for Halloween at the Pennywell Youth Project.
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A NEW children’s club is helping children battle boredom during the holidays.

Charity Hope 4 Kidz has seen the free activity group bringing together mums, dads and their children during this week’s half-term break.

Experienced childminder Mary Roger, who is overseeing the project, approached the organisation about funding after talking to parents in Pennywell.

“There is a real need for a club like this in the area,” said the 54-year-old. “When you look around the streets during the holidays, you quite often see children just hanging around, looking for something to do. Hopefully, this has kept them occupied.”

The mum-of-five, from Pennywell, said the group has been specifically targeted at children aged up to 12 years old.

“There seems to be a lot of things to do for the older children, but not so much for the younger ones,” said Mary.

“As well as providing activities, we have been getting parents and their children to interact more.

“The children have been accompanied by a parent at all times, so hopefully they’ll all get involved in the activities and games.”

Activities include papier mache model design, mask-making and Halloween-themed sessions.

“Hope 4 Kidz has been a massive help,” said Mary. “It wouldn’t have gone ahead without its support. In fact, we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s backing. They have all been amazing.”

The club has been running Pennywell Youth Project, in Petersfield Road, Pennywell.

It is also being funded by Pennywell Youth Project, Gentoo Group Ltd Aspire Grant and Sunderland Children’s Centres.

Viv Watts, from Hope 4 Kidz, hopes the club will also take place during the school holidays next year.

“We are delighted to be able to organise the club for the children and families in Pennywell,” she said.

For more information about the group, call 534 7788 or email vivien.watts@hope4kidz.org.uk

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