School holidays can be financially challenging for parents and many need to take time off work, so there's no money for extras. In the summer I joined people living close to the Henderson Community Park in Norwich, for a free family fun day.
Henderson Community Park is run by the Henderson Trust. One of their staff, Kelly Ward says, "each year the Trust helps families in the North and West Earlham, Larkman and Marlpit areas by running low cost summer activities. These include days out to theme parks, the seaside and the zoo.
And with £85,000 worth of new play equipment in the park we decided to run a family fun day for the whole community."
Local parent, Kelly Holliday has two children and was impressed by the facilities in the community park. "It's wonderful, fantastic for the children. The events they run are also at pocket money prices so it's something the whole family can enjoy.
Amanda Stubbings is a teaching assistant. She brought her two children to the fun day. "It's a great way to start the summer holidays and I often bring the children here."
With more than 3,000 children in our city being fed by the Foodbank, and thousands of families struggling with the cost of living, a little help with school holidays is invaluable to many parents.
It's clear it's an expensive time for families as there are no free school meals, so decent holiday activities for the kids can be the first thing to go. That's why I'm delighted to have seen for myself the marvellous work of The Henderson Trust in a part of the city that really needs its help.
The Henderson Trust is a registered charity. The business premises on site were built with help from the Labour government's New Deal for Communities. They now provide an income for the trust and the money raised is spent helping the local community.