Kirilea Whitehead from Nurturing Creativity CIC was presented with the Award for being the HAF Regional Champion for Yorkshire and Humber at a National Awards Ceremony (HAF 2023 Awards) at the House of Commons on Thursday 18th May 2023.
The HAF (Holiday Activities and Food Programme) provides enriching activities and healthy meals for children eligible for benefits related free school meals during the school holidays. There are over 30 providers across the borough giving children opportunities to take part in everything from sports, dance, craft, bush skills, canoeing, rifle shooting, abseiling and much more. Plus, they also receive a warm, nutritious meal and snacks throughout each day during the school holidays.
When you visit the scheme and see how much the families all think of her, it’s easy to see why she was chosen out of everyone in Yorkshire and Humber as the Regional Champion.
Jess Heald, Healthy Holidays Programme Coordinator from Calderdale Council explained, “Personally and professionally I am so proud of Kirilea winning this accolade. I’ve worked with her for a while, and I’ve seen the dedication she puts in and how much she goes above and beyond; so it’s not surprising how much all the families adore her and the appreciation for the organisation from the schools they work in. Professionally, I am proud of the whole of our HAF programme across the borough and the brilliant work that we are achieving providing vital holiday schemes for children in our community. We are delivering a variety of good quality schemes in Calderdale, and it’s rewarding to see that out of all the providers in Yorkshire and Humber, it was someone from a Calderdale scheme who won the Regional Champion.”
Rachel Burnett, Grants Programmes Co-ordinator at CFFC added, “Research shows that children from low-income households are less likely to access organised out-of-school activities and there is a holiday experience gap. This means that they are more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health, and more likely to experience social isolation. Having access to fun physical and enriching activities and a hot meal and snacks is crucial to families. Over the last year over 6000 young people have been involved in Healthy Holidays Calderdale Programme.”
We are so proud of Kirilea from Nurturing Creativity CIC, who is one of our providers for being awarded the HAF Regional Champion for Yorkshire and Humber. Well done!
Below are a selection of photos of Kirilea Whitehead and Anne Keighley from Nurturing Creativity CIC, Rachel Burnett from CFFC, and Jess Heald from CMBC.