A Get into Summer programme to support children and young people most impacted by covid in Dundee is being launched.
The city council will be working with partners at Leisure & Culture Dundee and other organisations across the city, to provide targeted support for those aged up to 25 from identified groups and low-income households who may otherwise struggle to access activities during the summer holidays.
Dundee City Council has received £432,000 funding from the Scottish Government that, together with additional funding from sports scotland and the Council's own funds, will support children most impacted by covid.
Additional funding has also been allocated to a coalition of 18 national partners to further strengthen and build on existing summer provision locally and nationally that will supplement what is usually on offer.
Visits to some of the City’s top attractions such as Olympia, Dundee Ice Arena, Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee Science Centre, Discovery Point and Verdant Works are just some of the experiences that will be available to groups and individuals.
Sports Centres will also be available to book for specific activities such as basketball and football.
City council leader John Alexander said: "This is a great initiative that will give some summer fun to families after what has been a challenging winter and spring.
"Partners across the city are committed to providing an accessible and inspiring programme and this Scottish Government funding will help to achieve that across the city during the summer.”
Moira Methven, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said: “This has been a tough year for families with the pandemic affecting many children and young people’s mental health. We have an important role to support the wellbeing of everyone in our communities and in particular those who have suffered the most during this really difficult time.
“We are really pleased to be part of this partnership that will bring smiles to children and young people across Dundee.”
Get into Summer is a Scottish Government-funded initiative to help children, young people and families have fun throughout the holiday period activities have all been planned to help children and young people who have been particularly affected by the pandemic to make the most of their summer and connect with others.
Covid-19 Health & Safety measures will be in place for every activity and venue with activities only taking place under strict guidelines and procedures.
More information is available at https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/get-into-summer
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.