Published on 14th May 2020

Funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner will allow a local group to deliver resources and equipment to children off school due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Passion for Learning has received a £1,000 express grant from PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities Fund to enable them to deliver resources to children, which will help keep them engaged in positive activities whilst schools are closed.

The resources to be delivered will include books, games, play materials, crafts and other items, providing valuable support and much needed respite from the challenges being faced at home.

The funding will provide resources to children of families impacted by criminality, who will be more affected than most by the school closures and social distancing measures.

Passion for Learning support a wide range of families through local primary schools across Cheshire West and Chester. They particularly focus on those who have been identified as vulnerable due to the challenges they face at home which often relate to; poverty, neglect, abuse, criminality, mental health issues or addiction within the family unit.

The resource packs have been carefully developed to provide a balance of educational resources alongside fun and creative activities. Packs are intended to ease the pressures on the family during lockdown, especially where purchasing these items just wouldn’t be affordable.

Viv Couche, trustee and development manager at Passion for Learning, said: “This grant will enable is to provide physical resources rather than links to online materials or apps. Many of the families we support don’t have internet access or have devices suitable to allow children to access online learning.

“We aim to remove the barriers to learning for young people ensuring we support and encourage the most disadvantaged children in our communities to learn and grow outside of the school classroom.

PCC David Keane added: “Children gain so much support both physically and emotionally from the school environment. Children are experiencing a wide range of emotions right now and this pandemic could have a detrimental effect on their wellbeing without positive intervention.

“Some families will be experiencing increased pressures financially and these resource packs will go some way to supporting children to continue to learn and develop, without adding a financial burden to parents and guardians.

“Organisations like Passion for learning offer hands-on support to the children through enrichment sessions and in the absence of face to face contact have developed a way of ensuring children can engage in positive activities to enhance wellbeing.

“I’m so pleased that I am able to provide grant support through my Safer Communities Fund to local organisations which help them to adapt their services and continue to protect vulnerable people. The fund takes money from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and reinvests it into local communities.”