Sausage and mash, vegetables and jelly

Working in Partnership with the London Tigers, Swan has been providing school holiday meals to children living in Blackwall Reach. In total, Swan has provided 1,209 meals to children living in the communities where we work, including in Essex and East London.

During the past year, The Reach Community Hub played host to a series of Holiday Hunger clubs for children aged 6-16 years old.

Taking place during the school holidays, the sessions have not only provided healthy and nutritious meals, but the children attending have also been able to take part in fun activities such as arts and crafts, dodgeball and team games.

Working with our partners, Swan’s Customer Involvement and Community Development (CICD) team secured funding for the sessions, meaning they were free to attend. This support comes at a time when many families are feeling the strain, with increasing fuel and food costs, and is just one of the ways we can help to relieve some financial pressure for our customers.

Arts and craft session at Holiday Hunger

Parents with children attending the recent Holiday Hunger sessions at The Reach Community Hub, in Blackwall Reach, commented on how nice it was for their children to interact with others, developing their social skills and improving their confidence.

One parent said: “Because of the pandemic, he’s not had much interaction with friends, so socially it really benefits him. It’s also improved his confidence, ready for when he goes to secondary school in September. Just travelling here gives him that little bit of freedom, being able to go from here to the park, allowing him to slowly detaching from me.”

Another parent commented: “For them to get out of the house and have somewhere to go and just play with other kids, it’s just a lifesaver. We have a tiny little two-bedroom place so they can’t really move.”