During the summer of 2018, Fit and Fed Bromley served up a series of sports-based sessions catering to the area’s disadvantaged youth. The programme, which works to tackle holiday hunger, social isolation and physical inactivity amongst young people came about as part of a unique collaboration between the health and wellbeing enterprise Mytime Active, the Bromley-based faith group LWFCI, and the local Bromley & Downham Youth Club.

Organised in partnership with StreetGames, and funded by Sodexho, Fit and Fed Bromley offered local young people (aged 8-19) the opportunity to engage in fun, physical activities within a safe and healthy environment.

Taking place across three unique activity sites, the programme ran for a total of 25 days – with more than 160 local young people taking part! Attendees were treated to a fantastic array of activities, including: football, dance, archery and even a special sports festival – all of which were successful in removing them from potentially dangerous street corners and other, more isolated settings.

With support from FareShare, the young attendees were also provided with some much-needed nutrition and energy, with a filling meal and drink being offered to every participant. In total, the programme provided 569 such meals throughout August.
Here’s what those involved had to say about the opportunity:

“It’s been such a positive project and really filled a critical gap for young people locally” (Robyn, Youth Worker - Bromley & Downham Youth Club)

“The project helps young people to play with their peers, improve their health and well-being whilst making new friends”. (LWFCI Director)

“My daughter is autistic and I find it hard over the holidays to give the children things to do, especially with money being short. This kind of project really helps a lot with the support needed for families like ours”. (Local parent)

In addition to delivering hundreds of healthy meals and numerous fantastic activities, the programme also helped 11 staff and volunteers from across the three local organisations to complete their Level 2 qualifications in Food Hygiene. The project has also created opportunities for project partners to broker exciting new partnerships with numerous organisations!

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