Four hundred sets of equipment have been donated to give to vulnerable children. They have been donated by The Active Partnership for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, to try and encourage fitness in times of lockdown.
The Newcastle City Council cabinet member for Education and Skills, Councillor Veronica Dunn, said that:
“This will be a huge benefit to so many of our children at this difficult time and I’d like to thank everybody involved in this process”.
This initiative is in line with other Council attempts to improve the lives of children who are not at school. The Council has also launched a survey to find out how many families do not have computer equipment or broadband internet access. They are trying to allow all students the opportunity to keep up to date with their studies.
Dunn has said that “We want to make sure that all children have the opportunity to continue their learning at home and so we are asking families to let us know if they need help”.
The citywide survey is open to all families who need help with providing equipment for their children, so long as they are aged between five and sixteen.