School holiday activities at ECC

School holiday activities at Eastlea Community Centre took a different turn this summer, thanks to Coronavirus and the lockdown.

Unable to hold children’s activities in the Centre because of the risk of spreading infection, we instead took the activities to families. It was a huge success, with 80 children aged one to 16 all over Seaham enjoying activity packs and lunches.

They collected their packs from the Centre or had them delivered if they couldn’t get there.

“We have been told that the children looked forward to each Tuesday, because they knew they were going to get their weekly activity and lunch pack,” said Centre Manager Irene Waller. 

“They even associated the day that they would get their packs with the day that the bin wagon came to empty their bins.

“We had many positive messages sent to the Centre via social media and text messages thanking us for what was being done to help families out throughout the summer holidays.”

Staff and volunteers came in to the Centre to prepare the lunches and activity packs.

We’re grateful to Durham County Council and the East Durham Area Action Partnership for funding the project, which was even more successful than we’d hoped, allowingus to reach even more families than we usually do with our summer activities, and encouraging us to make this the new pattern for reaching families in the future.