All children and young people deserve to thrive and live in happy, supported communities. In some small areas of Cheltenham, however, the number of children living in poverty is more than 43%. The average across England is 26.85%. The worrying finding has come from Cheltenham Children’s Needs Assessment 2018.
A year of action – starting in January 2019 – has been designed with partners to address the main areas of concern. Educational, fun and supportive events, activities and campaigns will engage and involve young people and offer them the confidence to get support if they need it.
The themes will focus on healthy relationships, confidence, physical and mental health, budgeting and future careers. Plans underway include a child poverty summit, children’s festival, careers fair and family cooking on a budget.
Kevan Blackadder, BID Director, said: “It is really important for the businesses to engage in this campaign to try to increase support for children of all ages. Helping them now will produce a more engaged workforce for the future.”
Vulnerable children in Cheltenham were offered an incredible opportunity to meet Father Christmas last month thanks to House of Fraser and John Lewis and Partners as part of a No Child Left Behind initiative. Can you help in a similar way?
If you are a local business who wants to inspire their community, you can find out how you can get involved by booking ticket to the #OurTown Poverty Summit on Monday January 28 at the Council Chambers in the Municipal Offices.
Alternatively, why not look at sponsoring an event or activity? There are a range of sponsorship packages available. Find out more here
No Child Left Behind launched on November 20 2018 with a brand-new social media campaign – follow them on Facebook and Twitter @NCLBchelt