Breakfast club gives get up and go to pupils and parents

A new initiative is enabling primary school children in Salford to tuck into a free breakfast – while their parents benefit from expert career advice.

The scheme, a partnership between City West Housing Trust and the Greggs Foundation, will see healthy breakfasts served to 70 pupils at Clifton Primary School in Swinton,while parents can access information about placement and training opportunities that can help them back into work.

The breakfast club will run for two years, with the social landlord and charitable arm of bakery Greggs PLC working together to provide all the food and materials –including new board games, reading books and fun activities for the youngsters.

Lisa Scully, Director of Business Transformation at City West, said: “This is the first school breakfast club in Salford and we hope it’s one of many to be implemented across our neighbourhoods.

“Children who don’t eat breakfast before they go to school in the morning are more likely to struggle with concentration – we want to work together with local schools and businesses to ensure that every child kick-starts their day in the right way, and has a chance to thrive in the classroom.”

Lisa added: “This breakfast club will benefit several generations and will help to improve the life chances of both parents and children - contributing to building sustainable communities in Salford.

City West supplier and Internet provider Metronet UK has also donated five iPads for school staff to use as part of their lessons.

Staff volunteers from Greggs and City West are running the breakfast clubs with help from parent volunteers and school staff.

Michael Harding, Headteacher at Clifton Primary School, said: “The Breakfast club has already proved beneficial to many of our children. The children benefit from a healthy start to the day and have a chance to support each other and learn whilst enjoying the nutritious food. 

“All staff and volunteers involved really enjoy the chance to learn with the children and talk with them. The club adds to the school experience and supports the caring ethos of Clifton Primary.“

The Breakfast Club will continue to run every day during term-time at the school.

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