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Eagle’s Nest Breakfast Club in Arnold soars with Jigsaw Foundation Funding

Eagle’s Nest Church received just over £5,000 through the Jigsaw Foundation

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A Gedling church has been awarded vital funding to provide help for local children and families throughout the school holidays.

Eagle’s Nest Church received just over £5,000 through the Jigsaw Foundation, part of local housing provider Jigsaw Homes Midlands, which set aside £45,000 to help groups, projects and charities in the region.

The money is being used to help fund a free breakfast club, held at Killisick Community and Children’s Centre in Arnold, three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30am to 11:30am.)

During all school holidays, a free hot breakfast is provided for children under the age of 11 and their parents or carers, alongside activities for the children, as well as a packed lunch that they can take away with them.

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The breakfast club, which is run by members of Eagle’s Nest Church, also provides the opportunity for parents to connect with other people. They can be signposted to any help or support they may need, such as debt management, help with application forms and mental health support.

On average, around 60 children and their parents and carers visit the club each day but it is estimated that up to 210 children and their parents/carers from the Killisick and Arnold area will benefit from this project each week during school holidays.

Pictured: Eagle’s Nest Breakfast Club Volunteers (PHOTO: Jigsaw Foundation)

The club was set up and organised by Gary and Tina Leonardi who have previously volunteered for a homeless charity making meals and realised nothing similar was being done for children in the local area.

Gary and Tina said, “The take up has been amazing; even better than we imagined and it has already got a real community feel. Parents have told us that the children love coming and really look forward to it, and our volunteers say it is giving them a sense of purpose too, so it’s bringing us all together.”

Julie McGlynn, Neighbourhood Engagement Officer and part of the Jigsaw Foundation team said: “No-one is currently providing anything like this for children in the area and the cost of living crisis means this project is required now more than ever before. We are delighted to be able to give funding to help support more families in our communities.”

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Due to the success of the project, and places booking up, Eagle’s Nest Church plan to continue running the club for 13 weeks, to include other school holidays.

Anyone who is interested in attending the breakfast club, or would like further information, should go to the Eagle’s Nest website https://www.eaglesnest.org.uk/visit.

The Jigsaw Foundation allocates £450,000 each year to resident groups, charity projects, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and partner agencies in areas where it works, across the North West and East Midlands.

The next round of funding will be open in April 2024 for applications. More information on how to apply and eligibility, can be found on the Jigsaw Foundation website.

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