2001 - Present
In 2017, we decided that we were putting the good work that Prospex achieves during term time at risk by not having a comprehensive holiday programme. We set out to change that; and in the two years since, the programme has doubled.
For most families the holidays are a time of fun, togetherness and the exploration of new activities. However, for many of the families Prospex supports the holidays often mean increased financial insecurity and food poverty.
59% of teachers believe that local provisions in Britain are insufficient to tackle the problem of food poverty for children who are dependent on free school meals during term time. For others whose parents and are in work who are keeping the family above the breadline, the challenge is the lack of affordable childcare.
We ensure that our services are open to all young people every day during the holidays. And when parents have difficulties in filling in our forms for whatever reason, our staff members make the time to visit them and offer support through the process of applying for our holiday schemes.
Each summer, we make sure that the young people experience at least one activity that many of them have never had before. From visiting the beach to partaking in indoor snowboarding, we are keen to make sure that the holidays are a time of positive memories.
meals given to the poorest families at Christmas
meals served during the school holidays
hours of volunteer work throughout the summer