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Industry charity NewstrAid has launched a funding scheme to help parents with a newstrade connection who are struggling to cover the costs of their children’s pastimes.

The Help for Hobbies Children’s Recreation Fund offers up to £250 per child towards the costs associated with a wide range of hobbies and pastimes.

Sinead Flood, welfare manager for NewstrAid, said: “We decided to launch this new funding scheme to ensure that newstrade families on a limited income don’t have to sacrifice their children’s pastimes in order to make ends meet.

“We are all aware of the importance of regular physical activity for children’s health and wellbeing, and the benefit of other recreational activities for their social and emotional development.

“Whether your child’s passion is football, drama, martial arts or pottery, and you are finding it difficult to cover these costs, Help For Hobbies is there to provide some financial assistance.”

The scheme can help with a range of different expenses, including subscription or membership fees, equipment and clothing costs, as well as charges for after-school clubs and lessons.

Applicants need to satisfy the scheme’s criteria and will be required to fill in an application form and provide some financial information in order to be assessed.

Download the poster here.

Download the leaflet here.

Full details about the scheme, including the criteria and application form, can be found on the NewstrAid website or by contacting NewstrAid on
0800 917 8616 or


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