The Community Partnership has funded 36 projects including oral health packs to Year 6 children on the patch, Wild Wellbeing sessions to run weekly forest school style sessions to older adults 60 and above, and the provision of hot water bottles, slipper socks and Christmas ‘oodies’ to 150 young people who attend Apollo Youth and Thirst Youth Clubs. These items are to make the children feel warmer in the winter and to aid better concentration when they are completing their homework.
Funding was awarded to Apollo Youth in Halesworth in early December 2023 as they shared information from the New Marmot Review that young people learn better when they are warm and a number of families in the area were experiencing Fuel Poverty. Hot water bottles were chosen as more families have a kettle than a microwave and because these items heat the person rather than having a parent heating a whole room.
We heard that some children in Halesworth live in houses that have storage heaters downstairs and no heat source upstairs. A powerful video by UNICEF demonstrates what life is like for some of our children across the UK (and therefore in our more deprived communities in Halesworth, Bungay and Beccles) who live below the poverty line. Three minutes into the video, a boy shares what it is like experiencing fuel poverty in the winter.
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