Having a bigger impact

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South Weston Activity Network (SWAN) is a collaborative group of organisations local to South Ward in Weston super Mare, working with children, young people and families; and together having a bigger impact.


The North Somerset Council Children and Young People Programme


This programme is aimed at specific projects designed to reduce offending and anti-social behaviour as well as offer broader packages of ‘positive activities’ to young people in North Somerset.


SWAN plan, commission and deliver activities for all ages, working together to have a strategic oversight of work in the community. SWAN is the local commissioning network for South Ward, and a registered charity.  With currently twelve active member organisations working together to quickly identify local need, gaps in provision and potential opportunities; and then efficiently and effectively respond in a creative and joined-up way.


A grant of £3,000 towards school holiday activity days, forest school sessions and a free lunch club for young people aged 7-16 years across South Ward has offered a chance for these young people living in very disadvantaged areas to enjoy the same opportunities as their peers.


Activities included day camps, providing opportunities that these young people would not otherwise have to get away, learn, have fun and make positive friendships.  At the lunch club, which serves up to 50 children per day, trained workers can engage hard-to-reach young people who might not otherwise access local services.