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Wasps show their support for Free School Meal Campaign

Published on Friday, 15th January 2021

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“Wasps are supporting the free school meals campaign as we want as many people as possible to benefit from the help on offer."

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are working with Warwickshire Welfare Rights Advice Service (WWRAS) and schools across the Borough to increase the take up of free school meals, after findings showed that some families were missing out on their entitlement to this scheme.

Wasps Sport, which includes men’s rugby, women’s rugby and netball, are passionate about supporting local community initiatives. After finding out about the issues, they decided to endorse the campaign by producing a video to show their support.

Wasps Head of Community, Ian Isham, joined the Northern Warwickshire financial inclusion partnership where he hopes to use his experience of working with schools and local community groups across a range of diverse engagement programmes to further add value to the hard work already being delivered in this area. Ian said:

“Wasps are supporting the free school meals campaign as we want as many people as possible to benefit from the help on offer. During the challenging times we find ourselves in it is even more important for those that are eligible sign up for this. It is surprising how many people can actually sign up for this and don’t realise they are able to!”

Having volunteered for several local charities over the last few years, Wasps full-back, Rob Miller, seemed the perfect fit to be the voice of the video, Rob commented:

“I was sitting at home one day and thought to myself that there must be a way that I can put some of my spare time to better use, which is why I decided to start volunteering. I am a firm believer that if everyone just does a little bit then a lot will get done.”

You can watch the Wasps video footage here

If you have a child, or children, attending a school in the Nuneaton and Bedworth area, a simple check can be performed to see if you can claim free school meals and that you are claiming your full benefit entitlement. If you are working and on a low income you may also be entitled to in-work benefits too.

This FREE and confidential service will check to see if you are missing out and WWRAS will even complete the application forms for you!

For full details click here