In addition to the wealth of services provided on a day-to-day basis by our Family Support and Mentoring Services, the teams also work hard to deliver services to our supported children, young people and families during the school holidays.

This includes running our Summer Activity Scheme - where a range of activities are organised for our supported children to take part in over the summer.

These activity outings help to reduce social isolation, enabling the children to establish positive relationships with others and allowing them to participate in new, creative activities that they would otherwise be unable to experience.

We recently enjoyed one of these special summer activity days with some of our supported children and young people who had a fabulous day out, despite the rainy weather!

As part of the day’s events the children enjoyed spending time with the Pizza Express team learning more about food and having the opportunity to make authentic Italian pizzas using fresh ingredients, before enjoying sampling their freshly made food.

The children then went on to complete the Derby Ram Trail, walking through Derby City Centre, without letting the rain dampen their spirits, before heading over to Artcore to paint their own unique mini-Rams, which they were able to take home with them.

The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day, and we would like to thank everyone who helped to make the activity day such a resounding success.

We rely on fundraising and donations to help fund our Activity Scheme, so we can provide the activity days at no cost to our supported children and their families.

We are very grateful to Utilita Energy Hub, who recently donated £750 to help fund the Summer Activity Scheme. And we would also like to say a HUGE Thank You to Becca Deakin and Wayne Gamble from the Pizza Express team who were also keen to support, generously providing the Pizza Express experience and food free of charge.

Finally, we would like to thank to everyone at Artcore who supported the children with their Ram activity painting in the afternoon.

It’s fantastic to see so many people in the community coming together and helping to support local children, young people and families.