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Pancakes in Penplas

May 26, 2015

Penplas Family Centre, part of the network of community initiatives run by the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon’s Faith in Families arm, is delighted that it's continuing relationship with the Gwalia Housing Trust is enabling it to not just run their breakfast club initiative this half term but in the holidays for the next twelve months. The family centre is part of an approach which is committed to transforming lives through practical action - like gathering families together with a warm breakfast each week day, this in turn will enable the communities to grow together and move forward. Leanne Evans, the centre manager commented that; "Since we started the breakfast club sessions we have provided 1727 warm breakfasts to children and families ... Parents report that breakfast club helps them to get up, dressed and out of the house … it provides the whole family with a meal and both the adults and children get some time out of the house and get to socialize with others". The idea for the breakfast club came to Leanne after a conversation with a local mum who was very upset because she didn’t know how to stretch her money to provide food for her family during the summer holidays. When Leanne realised that the 70% free school meals figures in local primary schools meant that lots of other parents were in the same situation, she and her team developed this idea to meet that need. The team from the Gwalia Trust supported the work saying "Starting with a donation of £2,900 from the Gwalia Trust, Leanne went about setting up the breakfast club and in the first week she could see how much this helped families who find it tough financially to feed their children during the school holidays.  The club has gone from strength to strength".

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