FAMILIES across Cheshire West and Chester can enjoy free nutritious food and activities at a range of holiday clubs over the school holidays.

Funded by the Department for Education, Edsential and partners including Cheshire West and Chester Council have worked with 35 community groups and businesses to provide 4000 free places to children over the break.

Cllr Nicole Meardon, cabinet member for children and families at CWAC, said: “I am really pleased that we are able to provide fun activities and meals for families in the borough over the summer.

"All key partners and community groups have worked hard together to make this happen.

"Cheshire West is one of only eleven areas in the country to receive this funding for holiday provision from the Department for Education and the only area in the north west.”

Community projects that provide meals and activities during the school holidays have been found to deliver hugely beneficial effects for children’s health, physical activity levels, educational progress and social skills.

A recent survey found 60 per cent of families earning under £25,000 have increased financial pressures in school holidays.

Ian McGrady, managing director at Edsential, said: “We are delighted the bid won the funding that enables us to support families within our local community.

"We look forward to working with all the providers in the area to make sure that all families can enjoy activities and meals together this summer.”

For further information about the clubs taking place over the summer holidays head to edsential.com/news/haf