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Get into Summer programme agreed

An exciting programme of fun, free summer activities for West Lothian young people has been unveiled.

22 June
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Education Executive has approved plans for the Get into Summer activity programme for local young people, which will target support to those who need it most. 

Get into Summer offers a wide range of free activities for children, young people and families including: day trips, sports, arts and crafts, music, drama, team games, digital media, STEM, cookery and outdoor learning.

For details of the programme, visit Get into Summer 2023

Executive councillor for education Andrew McGuire said: "I'm delighted that we are able to do more to support a wide range of children and young people in West Lothian this summer.

"Our exciting new holiday programme is targeted at those who will benefit the most, such as low-income families, those in areas with high levels of deprivation, lone parents and ethnic minority families, and families with parents or children with a disability.

"I would encourage all eligible families to look at the programme and take advantage of the some of the many excellent activities on offer."

The programme has been developed by the council's Community Learning and Development Youth Services team, in partnership with other council teams such as Social Policy and Active Schools as well as third sector partners and community groups.

This will build on the previous Holiday Lunch and Activities and Summer of Play programmes in place across West Lothian.

Over £1.9 million is being invested to support vulnerable children and young people in West Lothian during the 2022 summer holidays.

West Lothian received a £353,756 of one-off payment from the Scottish Government for this year's programme, which will be added to £235,000 budget put aside by the council.

West Lothian Council has already agreed to pay £15 per pupil, per week direct to eligible low-income families during the 2022 summer holidays, at an estimated cost of over £1.3 million.