Accompanying children and families halfway through

Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Medway children who receive free school lunch benefits will continue to receive support this semester, and support remains available for any residents facing financial hardship.

Around 11,000 Medway children are currently receiving free meals during school term and they will continue to receive support through the middle of October.

The Medway Council uses government funding from the Household Support Fund to provide the vouchers.

Schools will give e-vouchers, worth £15 per child, per week, to parents or guardians of children who qualify for free school meals benefits and families will choose which supermarket to spend the food voucher in.

Support available for all residents

All residents experiencing financial difficulties, due to the rising cost of living, can also apply for assistance with their household expenses through the Household Support Fund. The assistance offered includes supermarket and fuel vouchers. Learn more.

Do everything to support families

Cllr David Brake, Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, said: “I am pleased that Medway’s most vulnerable children will continue to be supported during the October semester through school meal vouchers. free. We know that school holidays can put pressure on low-income families and we will continue to do all we can to support them. Our public health team works closely with all families and offers free healthy and fun cooking classes. I encourage residents to use the healthy and affordable recipe ideas and to use their vouchers to purchase ingredients. Learn about sessions and get recipe ideas.

Ensure that no child goes hungry this semester

Cllr Josie Iles, Lead Member of the Medway Council for Children’s Services, said: ‘We understand that the rising cost of living can put additional financial pressure on some families, and I am delighted that we are using the government funding to ensure that no child goes hungry. this semester. We also recognize that there are many families who may not be eligible for free school meals, but who are also facing financial hardship, and I’m glad we’re continuing to offer help with food and fuel bills. through government grants. I encourage anyone concerned about the cost of living to find more details of the support available by visiting

“In addition to supporting children eligible for school meals, there are many free and low-cost activities for all Medway families during half term. Visit our heritage attractions and take part in our Halloween trails to collect badges, there will be free workshops at Medway Libraries as well as a screening of The Witches by Roald Dahl. I encourage residents to learn more and have a spooky half session.

What’s new at the beginning of October for all children

Kids can create their own trick-or-treat cups at the Pentagon Mall on Thursday, October 27, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This free event is organized by the Pentagon Mall in partnership with Child Friendly Medway. The seats are limited. Learn more.

Spooky activities and a cinema screening of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ (PG) will take place at the Glassbox Theater in Gillingham on Monday October 24 between 1pm and 4pm. Fun for the whole family, costumes encouraged. Limited places available. Book your spot.

The Medway Libraries will also host a range of Halloween-themed storytelling and craft sessions throughout the October semester. Find out more and book your session.

Medway Sports Centers will also host popular inflatable pool sessions at the Strood and Hoo Sports Centers. Costs £7 per person or £24 for a family ticket. Find out more and book.

A Halloween Pool Party, complete with spooky music, games and prizes, will be held at the Strood Sports Center on Friday, October 28 between 4-6 p.m. Costs £8 per adult and £6.50 for children. Children under three are free.

Child Friendly Medway and Medway Sport also offer weekly lit football sessions at Watling Park, Gillingham, Strood Sports Center and Hook Meadow Walderslade. For more information, email [email protected]

Discover more events and activities offered through Medway during the midterm

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