A business based in Twerton in Bath is set to provide drama, singing and theatrical experiences to local children this summer.
Little Voices NW Wiltshire & Central Bath will be offering the training to children who receive free school meals, as part of the HAF (Holiday Activity and Food) Programme.
The acting and singing school has been awarded the contract to offer their performing arts training to those who benefit from the school meals scheme.
Principal, Lorraine Mahoney, commented: “We are thrilled to be able to offer drama and singing training to children across BANES this summer.
“It is incredibly important to us that we are inclusive to all children. We know that sometimes our theatre weeks and lessons are unachievable for families that have a lack of disposable income.
“By offering our performing arts training through the HAF Programme this summer, we can help more children to build their confidence, nurture their creative talents and give them skills for life.
“The HAF Programme is funding that all local authorities have at their disposal now for children on free school meals. Marcus Rashford was pivotal in ensuring that all children receiving free school meals could also have activities and food in the holidays not just when they are at school.
“Since there are 13 weeks of holidays every year it is critical that children have access to healthy food and supervised activities when they are out of school.”
Jane James, founder of Little Voices said: “We are thrilled that we can offer our inspirational drama and singing lessons to even more children.
“Many franchisees across the UK are working with their local authorities to do the same. EVERY child has something amazing to share and we truly believe this.
“We are an inclusive organisation at every level and we are thrilled that the HAF Programme has been implemented. Every child regardless of their family financial background should be able to access arts training. It gives them creative skills for life.”
When not working with the local authority and HAF Programme, Little Voices is a performing arts school that trains young singers and actors through its programme of after-school lessons and school partnerships, such as after-school clubs.