A summer-time scheme to tackle ‘holiday hunger’ and help the most vulnerable across the Broadfield community in Leyland was launched by Key Unlocking Futures in partnership with South Ribble Borough Council this summer.

The pilot scheme has helped to provide local children with a range of food during the summer holidays, at a time when some families may struggle to make ends meet.

The scheme was available to families in Broadfield, for children who qualified for free school dinners in term-time; so far, 45 families have benefitted from the scheme.

Councillor Mick Titherington, South Ribble Borough Council Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Leisure said, “A scheme such as this, while there are families in the community directly benefitting, is a scheme which local authorities should never wish to implement.

“It is unjust that there are families within our community who are unable to make ends meet and as a Council, we are working tirelessly with our partners to ensure that schemes such as this will no longer be needed in our community.

“Sadly, there are more families in our community who need our support and we will roll out this scheme to those areas which vitally need it.

“Working with Key, there is a team of passionate people dedicated to help our most vulnerable and while the scheme is benefitting those in need, we truly hope this scheme will be a temporary one”.

The Council has provided funding to ensure that this scheme could provide food during the summer with Key organising and delivering the project.

Andrea Andrews, Youth and Community Worker at The Base Community Centre in Broadfield, which is owned by Progress Housing Group and managed by Key Unlocking Futures, said,

We were very keen to partner with South Ribble Borough Council to deliver the holiday hunger project as we know families who are struggling, especially during the school holidays. The feedback we have received from the pilot scheme has been unanimously positive, with people saying how much the meals have helped their families during the holidays. The impact of this project on helping to ease holiday hunger has really stemmed from the partnership work and collaboration between our local services and volunteers.

Ursula Patten, Operations Director at Key Unlocking Futures, added,

As a charity our mission is to help people build better lives and it is clear from the work we do in the local community that this scheme is much needed. We were pleased to work in collaboration with South Ribble Borough Council to support families when they need it the most.


 Further notes

Key Unlocking Futures

Key help around 1000 people each year in Lancashire by helping people to Build Better Lives by offering services that are flexible, tailored to individuals' needs and which build on peoples’ strengths.

Key’s services include: drop-in services in Chorley and South Ribble for people who are homeless and require immediate help, housing training to help people live on their own, and Critical Tenancy Support for Progress Housing Group tenants who are finding it difficult to maintain their tenancies.

Key also provide numerous counselling, mediation, and emotional, health and wellbeing services for young people and families, as well as employment mentoring and training, to build confidence and improve job prospects.

For many, Key's support is vital and comes at a critical point in their lives.