Families in Caerphilly were treated to a surprise visit from Children in Need’s very own Pudsey the Bear when he joined StreetGames Wales, United Welsh and other partners for a Family Fun Day.
Organised in partnership with StreetGames Wales, local housing association United Welsh, Communities First, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations and Children in Need, the event was held at Van Community Centre in Caerphilly on Thursday 2nd November.
Over 50 United Welsh tenants, families and friends enjoyed a wide range of fun activities; from cooking healthy burgers from scratch to self-defence classes.
It was organised as part of the Fit and Fed initiative, where children and parents learn about healthy eating and share nutritious lunches before participating in a range of fitness activities, such as ball games and discovering how to make the most of the natural environment for exercise.
The scheme helps to fill the gap in the school holidays for families who receive dinners during term time by providing the lunches for the children free of charge.
Former Wales professional footballer Nathan Blake, who is now the Ambassador of StreetGames, attended to support the event.
He said: “When I was a child I saw a lot of friends go through many of the issues that StreetGames is tackling, such as food being available during the school holidays.
“This is why I’m proud to be the Ambassador of such a rewarding organisation, which actually helps and acts on these issues.”
Paul Roberts, Head of Programmes for StreetGames Wales said: “These initiatives and events over the half-term are essential and a great way of taking pressure off families.
“It not only provides a safe place but also sustainability for children when going back to school after the half-term holidays.”
Clare Bradwick, Community Investment Coordinator for United Welsh, said: “In addition to our housing services, we deliver a number of programmes to support the wellbeing of our tenants.
“The Fit & Fed scheme made a real difference to families during the holidays this year and we are exploring ways to roll the programme out further next year.”