Greenway Center cuts school holiday hunger strikes amid cash crunch

A Nottingham community center manager says clients will “have to get used to” reduced sessions during the school holidays amid funding cuts. Nottingham City Council’s effective declaration of bankruptcy in November 2023 saw many of the supported organizations scramble for the authorities.

These include The Greenway Center in Sneinton, which usually run programs during the school holidays where children can take part in activities and have access to food and drink throughout the day. A combination of council cuts and rising energy costs meant that these sessions did not take place in the February half-term – and they won’t take place over the May holidays either.

Rosemary Fearon, center manager, said: “We haven’t had a half session since February this year for the first time in 12 years. We had to cancel it due to lack of funding. Unfortunately, it’s something we’ll have to get used to, I’m afraid.

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“We’ve been doing this for years, on vacation we always go bowling, in the summer we always try to take a family trip to the beach.”

The center has been running for 30 years and some of its staff and volunteers once attended the school holiday sessions.

Nadia Whittome, Labor MP for Nottingham East, who recently donated £2,000 to the centre, said: “It’s a fantastic space which runs a children’s activity club, a weekly food bank and festive hunger programmes. I’m glad I can support her.”

The Greenway Center is hoping to raise £10,000 to be able to continue to offer other programs and is currently accepting donations on its website. Those who wish to donate can do so here.

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