Children’s voucher scheme to end

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A POPULAR voucher scheme offering free or reduced-price access to a range of out-of-school activities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds will be scrapped at the end of this month.

Me Too! funding, which helped many youngsters attend Extended Schools and other activities in the Filey area, was provided through the previous Government’s Disadvantage Subsidy Scheme.

It was hoped the funding would last until August, but the cash allocated to the scheme, which is administered through schools, is now spent.

Liz Dent, one of the Extended Services in Schools co-ordinators, said: “Many of the families have really appreciated the Me Too! vouchers enabling their children to attend activities over the holidays.

“Parents have said they had no idea how much was on offer to their children. The scheme has given a boost to local community activity providers and our hope is that now the grant is spent the families who have discovered these opportunities will try to find ways to continue attending them. I know many providers are looking at how they might be able to help with this.”

Children attending schools in the Filey area will be able to use their vouchers until the end of April, including over the Easter holidays.