Support over Easter holidays

In order to help our school community we wanted to share some useful information that we have been sent regarding support that is available for over the Easter holidays.

Covid winter grant scheme – Update from Walsall council

The COVID Winter Grant (CWG) scheme had been extended over the Easter period with Walsall Council allocated a further £394,491.00 to support the most vulnerable families in the borough.

£20 will be allocated for each child who was entitled to support from the CWG scheme in February 2021 and who are still on an active claim for Council Tax Support. For those who were entitled to Council Tax Support from 1st December 2020 but have not received any payment through the CWG scheme previously, there will be a letter issued to invite them to claim for both the February and March 2021 payments (this is a maximum of £40 per child).

The Council continue to work closely with its voluntary sector partners including the Walsall Community Network, Food Banks and other VCS organisations to ensure that we support those in greatest need, in their community. Further information and how to make a referral is available at the following web link:

https://go.walsall.gov.uk/covid-19_information/covid-19_-_i_need_help_residents/covid-19_-_access_help_and_volunteer_to_help

or by phoning 0121 380 6690.

For more information on Walsall’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme please go to www.walsall.gov.uk/covid-19_information/coronavirus_covid_-_19_help_support_for_walsall_residents

If families require the assistance off the Council’s crisis support team then the Housing and Welfare Service can be contacted on 01922 652550 or Housingandwelfaresupport@walsall.gov.uk.

Holiday activities and food (HAF) programme – Walsall

Walsall Council is running a Walsall Right for Children Easter Holiday Programme which will provide free meals and activities for eligible free school meal children and their families across Walsall.

The programme will provide your child with access to fun and free activities and online resources to engage with during the Easter Holiday as well as access to a free food box helping you to cook healthy as a family during the Easter break.

Because of Government’s guidance around COVID-19 most of activity programmes will be delivered through activity packs and online activity session. However for families who have not got access to internet there is some face to face COVID safe provision available.

Eligible families should have received a letter with the details about the programme and the below postcard in the post, which contains your child’s unique access code and asking you to register your child by Friday 12th March 2021.

If you have lost your postcard or don’t think you received one but your child does access free school meals, email WR4C@walsall.gov.uk stating your child’s name and their date of birth, and the Easter Holiday activity team will send you your unique reference number.

For any other queries visit the website; https://go.walsall.gov.uk/children_and_young_people/haf_signup

 or ring the holiday activities helpline on 01922 653899.

New testament Church of God (Willenhall) – Food bank.

This local church is offering support of food parcels to families in need.

Should you like to enquire about this support please contact Mrs Weighell by ether phoning school or emailing us at postbox@st-thomasmore.walsall.sch.uk

Alternatively, the food bank is open every Tuesday from 2pm – 4pm for those with food vouchers, issued by the council to get provisions.

In the case of an emergency families can also make contact with the church direct.