Young carers in Banbury will be tucking in at breakfast time thanks to a generous donation from Sanctuary Housing.
Sanctuary’s local maintenance team has provided Banbury Academy, in Ruskin Road, with a new cooker for its breakfast club, along with £250 of kitchen equipment including cutlery, crockery and utensils.
The daily breakfast club is open to all pupils at the school, while a young carers’ breakfast club also takes place every month, enabling carers to socialise with other pupils and access support in an informal setting.
Elaine King, who runs the breakfast club, said: “We had been using donated cutlery and crockery which didn’t match, and this will enable us to create a more homely and welcoming atmosphere and encourage young people to have a sociable breakfast together.
“Previously we were only able to serve cereal and toast, now we will be able to offer a much wider and more nutritious selection of breakfast foods.”
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “The young carers’ breakfast club is a fantastic project that offers such valuable support to the young people who attend.
“We were keen to help the club expand its offering and were delighted to work with our local maintenance team to provide new equipment that will make a real difference.”
Sanctuary’s support of the breakfast club comes through its Community Investment programme, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.