Eradicating holiday hunger
Break Free is a summer holiday activity programme that targets holiday hunger by providing high-quality activities and free food for young people aged eight – 13 across areas with the most need in South Bristol.
Families experiencing financial pressures are not only at greater risk of food insecurity, family stress, isolation, and poor health during the school holidays, but they also miss out on the so-called social “enrichment activities” such as trips, sporting, cultural and learning activities enjoyed by better-off young people. Rather than looking forward to the school holidays, they have become for many a stressful time, when families who already struggle find it even harder to provide for their young people.
How does it work?
The programme is part of a Bristol-wide project called Feeding Bristol. In partnership with our wonderful friends at Youth Moves, it delivers a range of great activities at the same time as alleviating holiday hunger.
Whilst delivering fun and inspiring sessions, our trained staff also provide the young people with breakfast and lunch to ensure they get at least two meals throughout the day.
Our Holiday Camps
We deliver high quality holiday camps throughout South Bristol. Break Free centres help youngsters to Break Free from:
- Being hungry during the school holidays or being unable to cover the costs of lunches during these times.
- Having nothing to do during the holidays.
- Having nowhere to go other than staying at home or out on the streets.
- Having no-one to talk to.
- Having to pay for high quality services
- Screens and boredom.
Break Free is based on years of working in communities in South Bristol, feedback from young people and families, and our experience of what works. It is a simple concept that utilises a great consortium of partner agencies who want to be a part of the solution, led and delivered by organisations who understand these struggles and have the existing relationships with the young people, families, and partners to deliver the programme.
Thank you for the fabulous work you do with our children. My daughter loves coming to your Break Free days. Alisha loves her time with you guys. She has made some lovely friends. Thank you for making her feel welcome and included. Awesome job!
Businesses can contribute in several ways. By providing;
- Seasonal gifts at Christmas and Easter.
- Breakfast or lunch.
- Tickets to Bristol attractions like Bristol Zoo, The Wave etc.