Summer holidays: Swimming, sports and arts workshops on offer in Redbridge

“With lots of local families across the borough being hit by the cost of living  crisis, the upcoming summer holidays present a real challenge for many.”

A new campaign is putting on affordable sport taster sessions and art workshops over the summer holidays in Redbridge, to help parents during the cost of living crisis.

Children aged eight to 16 can active with sports coaching sessions including tennis, athletics, basketball, hockey and cricket

And youngsters can also learn new skills from 3D modelling, to coding and electronics, as well as arts and crafts, theatre workshops and dance.

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    Specific activities include swimming at Fullwell Cross, Loxford and Mayfield Leisure Centres, or watching a film at the Kenneth More Theatre, for just £1 per session.

    All the events are inclusive and are available for youngsters with additional needs.

    Cllr Kam Rai, deputy leader of Redbridge Council, said: “We know that the cost of days out and childcare during the school holidays can really stack-up for  parents and carers, and with lots of local families across the borough being hit by the cost of living  crisis, the upcoming summer holidays present a real challenge for many.

    “Redbridge Council has provided £125,000 to Vision to host the Redbridge Holiday Mega Mix, a range of low-cost activities for children aged eight to 16 across the borough, so that more children can have  access to sports and social activities during the summer holidays.”

    While Martin Solider, from Vision which is putting on the events added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all young people in Redbridge to have affordable access to a range  of sport, arts and cultural opportunities in the summer holidays.

    “I would like to thank the council for  funding such a wide and varied programme which should assist many families in the current cost of  living crisis.”