With the ongoing cost of living crisis going on, opportunities for children and young people to have a break during the summer holidays are limited and grant-giver John Lyon’s Charity is stepping in to help children across Ealing to be able to take part in summer activities.
According to the John Lyon’s Charity, which supports children and young people through a variety of projects and initiatives, money has become very tight for parents.
Its survey found that due to the cost of living crisis:
- 31% of parents can no longer afford to take their child/ren out to theme parks, day trips, camping trips and other activities during the school holidays
- 30% of parents are worried about what they can do with their children during the school holidays because everything is so expensive
- 21% of children will have to stay at home for the majority of the school holidays because their parents cannot afford to take them out
Across Ealing, children will be able to take part in a number of summer activities which have been funded by John Lyons through its School Holiday Activity Fund.
According to the Charity, the fund enables organisations to deliver activities for children and young people during the school holidays so that they can experience family activities, camping trips, trips to the beach or the zoo and other sports activities without any financial pressures or limitations.
Dr Lynne Guyton, CEO of John Lyon’s Charity said: We are shocked at the findings from our survey and will do all we can to support families who are continuously affected by the Cost of Living crisis. Whilst we cannot fund families directly, we can take the financial pressures off in other ways and our School Holiday Activity Fund is one of them.”
Ms Guyton added: “This opportunity will ensure many young people won’t have to stay at home during the school holidays and will still be able to experience the same opportunities as any other young person. 21% of young people staying at home for the whole of the summer holidays is 21% too many!”