This Summer, Knowsley families took part in SNAP (Sports, Nutrition, Active Play) free family activities across Knowsley.

Thanks to the Knowsley VCFSE (Voluntary, Community, Faith & Social Enterprise) sector, children and families across the borough of Knowsley were able to create fantastic memories in such an uncertain time.  During the school holiday period families in Knowsley received access to free engaging and fun activities that promoted health and wellbeing, encouraging Knowsley children and young people to get active or develop new skills and interests.

SNAP was coordinated by One Knowsley and we thank Livv Housing Group and Knowsley Council for their support of One Knowsley and the SNAP programme.

We want to recognise, celebrate and thank the wonderful Knowsley VCFSE sector for collaborating with us and making SNAP happen.

Thank you to the 33 VCFSE Knowsley organisations who delivered hundreds of activities across the borough of Knowsley:

Alchemic Kitchen, Bike Right, Centre 63, Faiths 4 Change,  Friends Of Eaton Street Park, ForHousing, Halewood Town Council, HIYA, Home Start Knowsley, Huyton Deanery, Imaginarium Theatre, Incredible Edible, Innovate Volunteering, KABS, Knowsley Kitchen, Lee Cooper Foundation, Natwest, Northwood Community Centre Association, Northwood Together, Prescot Community Church, Share Knowsley, Southdene Community Centre, St. Gabriels Church, Swanside Community Centre, The Boyzee Halewood, The First Step, The Maggie O’Neill Centre, Torrington Drive Community Association, UC Crew, Uni-Wise (Halewood area), Vee’s Place, Vibe and Yates Court.

Also thank you to supportive partners: LIDS, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and Morphy Richards.

Racheal Jones, Chief Executive Officer, One Knowsley said: “SNAP 2020 is a real testament to the relationships, knowledge and understanding One Knowsley have built over time with VCFSE in Knowsley and our collective ability as a sector to be agile and responsive in how we work with local communities.  The Knowsley VCFSE Sector are and will always be amazing but to support hundreds of families during a pandemic on the back of the sectors immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis is outstanding.”

Amanda Newton, Executive Director, Customer Insight, at Livv Housing Group, said: “During the pandemic we have seen how people and organisations in our borough have come together to support each other. We recognise that there will be people across Knowsley have faced many difficulties throughout  the summer and are proud to be involved and support the SNAP programme.”

Cllr Harvey, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “The coronavirus pandemic was a challenge for all our residents, not least Knowsley’s families, children and young people. So, it was fantastic for them to have access to safe and importantly fun activities to take part in during the summer holidays. A huge thank you to everyone who came together to deliver these activities, it was a brilliant example of Knowsley Better Together in action – pooling ideas, resources and expertise for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents.”