POA learning in conjunction with HMP Hatfield were on hand to support a Family Fun Day run by St. Leger Homes at Thorne Rugby Club, in South Yorkshire on Monday 13th August.
The event was to support 24 local, selected families with activities for the children and cooking demonstrations for the parents.
While the children enjoyed the activities such as slime making, plant potting and playing games on VR Headsets, parents were encouraged to help make a spaghetti Bolognese for everyone to share for lunch.
The team from the POA Learning Centre at HMP Hatfield were on hand to show parents what courses are on offer to them, all fully funded and able to be completed around their family commitments through distance learning. The distance learning courses we offer give learners the chance to learn new skills and gain qualification without attending a college, giving them the chance to start a fresh new career.
They were also helping promote the local prison, HMP Hatfield, who have a farm shop open to the public selling fresh vegetables, bread products, eggs, locally sourced products including ice cream, jams and preserves, as well as artisan indoor and outdoor metalwork and woodwork items and garden products all crafted in prison workshops.
The farm shop, “Thyme Served” kindly donated a huge box of fresh produce that was distributed to the families during the day which was very well received by all who attended.
Learning Centre Manager, Paul Cliffe said:
It was a great day for everyone involved, it was well organised and had loads of interesting things for the families to get involved in”.
HMP Hatfield produces some rare varieties of fruit and vegetables, it was great to share these and get everyone to try something new”. “Going forward from the event I hope we can help parents make positive changes in their ability to gain secure and well-paid employment through the free education we offer”.
Stacey Lynn, customer Involvement Officer for St. Ledger Homes said:
I am really pleased with the level of engagement from the families with all the organisations represented here today”. “The plant potting has been really popular, I am sure the kids will enjoy watching the seedlings grow and try the vegetables they have cared for”.