Support packs for school pupils affected by COVID

Burnley Council has teamed up with local charity Burnley Leisure to help support local school children who have had to isolate at home after testing positive for COVID.

Thanks to funding from Lancashire County Council, we are supplying children with a fun activity pack and food hamper, to help them through the isolation period which can be extremely tough on children and their families/parents who are taking time off work.

As well as the support packs, once a child’s isolation is over they can access a reward including REEL Cinemas voucher, mini-golf, pitch and putt, and free swims at St Peter’s and Padiham leisure centres.

Referrals are made through the schools directly to Burnley Council and we have a team of council staff and Burnley Leisure volunteer workers supporting deliveries, picking, and packing.

The scheme started three weeks ago and just over 300 referrals have been made to date.

Councillor Margaret Lishman, Burnley Council’s executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “Having to self-isolate is tough on everyone and if we can help in some small way to help families through that we’re more than happy to do so. The positive reaction we’ve had so far shows just how much this support is needed and appreciated.”

We’ve had excellent feedback back from schools, children and families.

“We have had a number of parents contact us here at school to express their gratitude for the packs that have been delivered and I wanted to share this with you all. A huge thank you from us here at Briercliffe also for supporting our families.” Wenda Smith, learning mentor, Briercliffe Primary School

Here are some comments we’ve had from grateful parents:

“There was plenty of food including fresh fruit and food the kids would enjoy. Dietary requirements were taken into account and my daughter loved the activities provided. It was a great pick me up while we were stuck indoors.”

“It put smile on my son’s face. He was on isolation but didn’t feel isolated knowing that people in community do care. This scheme in place in my opinion is a very good initiative in helping anyone during isolation.”

“It was a lovely surprise! Our family have all had Covid one by one since Christmas. My husband is self employed so financially we have been stretched plus it also kept Harry entertained whilst we were isolating.”

Pictured are some of the activity packs ready to be delivered.

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