The Chelmsford team at Pure are taking it in turns to volunteer at lunch clubs organised by local charity Kids Inspire to support disadvantaged children, and their families, throughout the school summer holidays.
Kids Inspire supports young people, and their parents and carers, across Essex who are at educational, social or economic disadvantage. Professional recruitment specialists Pure are long term supporters of the charity and regularly raise money to support the organisation through events such as its annual charity quiz night in the county. When the team investigated further ways in which they could provide support they were invited to become corporate volunteers at its ‘Kids Who Lunch’ clubs.
The clubs have been introduced to help children who would normally receive school lunches and might otherwise miss out on a good meal during the summer holidays. Beyond that, they are also designed to help families who need a helping hand in keeping children occupied over the summer and to provide young people with the chance to make new friends and to learn new things.
Each week, two members of the Pure team are attending the clubs to lend a helping hand during the sessions which include arts and crafts inspired actives, drama and music-themed fun, as well as lunch.
Ellie Punter, Recruitment Administrator at Pure, said: “We were really keen to be able to volunteer with Kids Inspire and the lunch clubs have created the perfect opportunity for us to do so. The charity really appreciates the extra help with setting up, making the food and engaging with the children. The corporate support from ourselves, and other local businesses, has helped to ensure these clubs can take place and provide this support throughout the school holidays. We are all really enjoying being involved. It’s great to see the kids having fun and trying things they have never done before, including eating different kinds of foods.”
Volunteers and supporters of Kids Inspire play a key role in helping the charity to support disadvantaged young people in turning their lives around and in making a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children.